Merrill's 'Milkshake' murderer in new challenge against life sentence

This seems a long time ago now.

Reuters reports that Nancy Kissel, who is in her mid 50s, has been in jail since 2005 when she was found guilty of murdering her husband, an executive at Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong, after giving him a drug-laced milkshake and then clubbing him to death with a metal ornament in their luxury home.

Kissel lodged a judicial review against the Long-Term Prison Sentences Review Board, Hong Kong court records showed.

She is arguing that the board had deprived her of the right to make an informed submission to challenge the rationality of its decision.

South China Morning Post reports that Kissell was found guilty of murder after a high-profile trial in 2005 by a unanimous jury verdict that was quashed by the Court of Final Appeal in 2010, prompting a retrial.

But her change of defence strategy, from claiming self-defence in the first trial to arguing diminished responsibility and provocation in her second, did not stop the new jury from returning another unanimous guilty verdict. The top court dismissed her application for leave to appeal in 2014.

Hong Kong 'milkshake' murderer challenges her life sentence

Milkshake murderer’ Nancy Kissel, 53, back in Hong Kong court to challenge life sentence

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