Surrey

Sally Challen husband murder trial jury retires

Richard Challen
Image caption The body of Richard Challen was found at his house in Claygate on 15 August last year

The jury in the trial of a Surrey woman accused of murdering her estranged husband by bludgeoning him to death has retired to consider its verdict.

Georgina Challen, 57, known as Sally, from Claygate, admits killing Richard Challen but denies murder, claiming diminished responsibility.

Jurors heard she attacked him with a hammer on 14 August 2010, later saying: "If I can't have him, no-one can."

Guildford Crown Court heard she planned to take her life following the killing.

Jurors, who have been told they must decide whether Mrs Challen is guilty of either murder, manslaughter by provocation or manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, were later sent home for the day and will resume deliberations on Thursday.

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