Woman wins first stage in battle to overturn murder conviction

Farieissia Martin stabbed her ex-partner during a row at her home in Liverpool in 2014 Justice for Women said the evidence pointed to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by violence to which Farieissia Martin had been subjected by Kyle Farrell. Photograph: Justice For Women A woman serving a life sentence for stabbing her…

Farieissia Martin stabbed her ex-partner during a row at her home in Liverpool in 2014

Farieissia Martin



Justice for Women said the evidence pointed to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by violence to which Farieissia Martin had been subjected by Kyle Farrell.
Photograph: Justice For Women

A woman serving a life sentence for stabbing her ex-partner to death has won the first stage of an attempt to overturn her murder conviction.

Farieissia Martin stabbed Kyle Farrell, 21, during a row at her home in Dingle, Liverpool, in November 2014.

She was jailed for at least 13 years after being found guilty of murder at Liverpool crown court in June 2015.

Three leading judges gave Martin, 26, the go-ahead to bring a full challenge against her conviction at the court of appeal in London on Tuesday. Her lawyers say there is fresh medical evidence relating to her mental state at the time of the killing.

The campaign group Justice for Women, which is supporting her appeal, said the evidence pointed to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by violence to which she had been subjected by Farrell.

Lady Justice Simler, sitting with Mr Justice Soole and Judge Martin Picton, said it was “arguable” that evidence about the mental disorders Martin had at the time of the killing would have affected the jury’s verdict.

Martin’s appeal follows a successful challenge brought by Sally Challen over her conviction for the murder of her husband Richard. Challen’s conviction was quashed by the court of appeal in a landmark decision in February, after her lawyers argued she had been the victim of her husband’s coercive and controlling behaviour throughout their marriage.

She admitted manslaughter and walked free from the Old Bailey in June following more than nine years in prison, after a judge announced she would not be retried for murder.

No date was set for Martin’s appeal, which is expected to last a day and a half.

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