Sally Challen's son calls for her retrial

Georgina Challen (above, in Venice in 1985), who is known as Sally, lashed out at her husband Richard, 61, at their £1m Surrey home, bludgeoning him with a hammer more than 20 times

Georgina Challen (above, in Venice in 1985), who is known as Sally, lashed out at her husband Richard, 61, at their £1m Surrey home, bludgeoning him with a hammer more than 20 times

The son of a mother, who was raped and abused by his father before she murdered him, has called for her retrial. 

Georgina Challen, who is known as Sally, lashed out at her husband Richard, 61, at their £1million Surrey home, bludgeoning him with a hammer more than 20 times.

At her trial in Guildford in 2011, the prosecution portrayed her as a jealous wife hell-bent on revenge and she was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 18 years.

Today, the mother-of-two's legal team will tell the Court of Appeal that a 2015 change in the law that makes exerting ‘coercive or controlling behaviour’ a criminal offence should now be taken into consideration.

And her son, David, 30, believes she should be given a retrial due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of his father.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, he said: 'No one is taking away the fact that my mother killed my father but she needs to be justly tried - recognising the issue now and recognising the social issue in this country where mental abuse needs to be taken more seriously.

'She took a women's independence course which taught her about control and it's shocking that she came out and said "everything that they said was me, I can't believe it". 

'Me and my brother were like "of course, you can't recognise this in a relationship?"'

Challen's lawyers will argue that details of the long-term emotional control Mr Challen exerted was overlooked at the trial and is fresh evidence.

Both Challen’s sons David and James, 34, are backing her appeal and believe it was their mother who was a victim, not their father.

Describing the history of abuse, David said: 'It's important to state that my mother met my father when she was 15 and he was 22.

Her son, David, 30, believes she should be given a retrial due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of his father

Her son, David, 30, believes she should be given a retrial due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of his father

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, he said: 'No one is taking away the fact that my mother killed my father but she needs to be justly tried'

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, he said: 'No one is taking away the fact that my mother killed my father but she needs to be justly tried'

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