Edwards denied murder but accepted that he had committed manslaughter on the grounds of provocation.
The jury returned a not guilty verdict to murder but guilty on the manslaughter charge.
Mr Justice Andrew Nicol, sentencing, said the events of June 11 were “the proverbial straw which broke the camel’s back”.
Jailing Edwards for five years, he noted that he had shown genuine remorse.
We\’ve been told often enough that women who suffer abuse do not react like men do. That emotional (to say nothing of physical) abuse can indeed lead to a killing but that this should not lead to murder charges, indeed, some of the more vehement tell us that it\’s all self defence, not even manslaughter.
So, when a man suffers years of such abuse and kills, should it be murder? Manslaughter? Or simply self defence?