Tom Wood

Sally Challen, flanked by her sons James (left) and David (right),  leaves court after hearing she will not face a retrial over the death of her husband Richard Challen in 2010. (Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Why Sally Challen’s release is not a licence to kill – Tom Wood

At first glance, the case of Sally Challen appears like a licence to kill. The lady in question, having separated from her husband Richard agreed to a reconciliation, then concealing a hammer in her handbag killed him by repeated blows to the head. No spur-of-the-moment crime this, it was deliberate and calculated and, accordingly, she was convicted of murder.

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