Woman handed life sentence for murdering partner with steak knife after retrial

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A woman has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years for murdering her partner with a steak knife, after being convicted for a second time.

Emma-Jayne Magson received the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court following a guilty verdict in a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal.

It came despite her claim that she had stabbed him in self-defence because he was strangling her at the time, which the jury had rejected.

Her appeal had been assisted by Justice for Women Рthe same campaign group which helped Sally Challen challenge her conviction for murdering her abusive husband with a hammer.

The 28-year-old, of Sylvan Street, Leicester, killed 26-year-old James Knight with a single stab wound to the heart in March 2016 after a drunken row.

Her initial conviction was quashed in January 2020 after new psychiatric evidence showed the defence of diminished responsibility would have been available to her at her first trial.

And a jury again found her guilty of Mr Knight’s murder, by majority verdict, on 5 March.

Source: Sky News