Abuse victim ‘with PTSD’ who stabbed ex to death has murder conviction quashed

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A woman who stabbed her ex-partner to death as he looked after their children has had her murder conviction overturned.

Farieissia Martin had returned home from a night out when she attacked 21-year-old Kyle Farrell, at her home in Liverpool.

The 27-year-old was found guilty of murder by a jury and jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in June 2015.

At a Court of Appeal hearing in London on Wednesday, Lady Justice Carr, sitting with Mrs Justice Yip and His Honour Judge Katz QC, quashed the conviction on the basis of fresh evidence not available at the time of the original trial.

Martin will now face a retrial.

She was sentenced to 13 years in jail for stabbing Mr Farrell, a dad-of-two, in the chest with a kitchen knife at her home in the Dingle area of the city.

Mr Farrell died in hospital after being discovered by police and paramedics at the house at roughly 5am on November 21, 2014.

During the trial Ian Unsworth QC, prosecuting, said Martin, 22-years-old at the time, was found “deeply distressed” and said Mr Farrell had been stabbed by someone else.

But during a 999 call she accepted that she inflicted the fatal wound, and was charged with murder.

She was found guilty after trial on May 28, with jurors taking just four hours to reach their unanimous decision.

It emerged during the trial that Martin had been subject to violence by Mr Farrell during the latter part of their relationship.

The Centre for Women’s Justice said that following Martin’s conviction, a new legal team was assembled and a psychiatric and a psychological report was obtained to document the extent of “sexual, physical and psychological abuse” she had experienced since the age of 15.

Her team said that at time of Mr Farrell’s death, Martin was “suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and dissociation as a result of being the victim of sustained sexual, psychological and physical abuse.”

On the basis of the diagnosis of PTSD, Martin’s legal team said experts support the partial defence of Diminished Responsibility and loss of control.

During the original trial in 2015, John Benson QC, defending, said Martin had only one previous con