What the papers say – March 1
The overturning of a “coercively controlled” wife’s murder conviction is one of two legal stories that feature widely on Friday’s front pages.
The Daily Telegraph leads with the Court of Appeal’s decision that Georgina Challen, known as Sally, should face a retrial for the killing of 61-year-old Richard Challen in August 2010.
Judges said evidence that Mrs Challen was suffering from two mental disorders at the time was not available at the trial and undermined the safety of her conviction, the i reports.
Mrs Challen’s son David, 31, said his mother was abused by his father and she “is not a murderer”, the Daily Mirror says.
The court’s decision was described as a “watershed moment for victims of domestic violence,” the Daily Mail reports.
Elsewhere on Thursday a rapper was found guilty of the manslaughter of Holby City actor John Michie’s daughter, Louella Fletcher-Michie, who died after taking a drug he supplied at a music festival.
The actor confronted Ceon Broughton, 30, in court, telling him he was “evil”, The Sun reports.
Broughton was the 24-year-old’s boyfriend and he failed to get help as she lay dying for hours, the Metro reports.
The Daily Star says Broughton reacted violently during the trial.
In other news, The Independent leads with warnings that the number of children at risk of sexual abuse in custodial institutions is much higher than previously thought.
And The Times says the four-hour waiting limit for A&E is to be scrapped.