A mother who bludgeoned her abusive husband to death in a hammer attack has revealed that she “still loves him” after walking free from court.
Judges ruled that new evidence from a psychiatrist that she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing undermined the safety of her conviction.
Her murder conviction was quashed following a psychiatric report which concluded she was suffering from an “adjustment disorder” at the time of the killing, the lesser charge of manslaughter was yesterday accepted by the CPS.
Mrs Challen, a former Police Federation office manager, who has been on bail since April, has always denied murdering the car dealer, but was convicted following a trial and sentenced to 22 years behind bars. Her sentence was later reduced by four years on appeal.