Donna Tinker, mother of three, was convicted of murder in April 2000 after killing her violent husband, Richard. Describing their relationship as “two people in love, but then love turned to hate”, Donna experienced frequent violence from Richard before she fought back. When threatened with a hot iron to her face, Donna stabbed Richard and he died. Donna did not talk of his violence at her trial, the reason being that Donna was “riddled with guilt” at having killed the man she once loved and the father of her children. This guilt meant she did not want to “put him down” when on trial. Donna was given the mandatory life sentence. Justice for Women in Leeds was contacted after her conviction and provided much-needed support to Donna.
On 5th December 2002 the Court of Appeal quashed Donna’s murder conviction and substituted manslaughter, for which Donna was sentenced to seven years in prison. She was released in December 2003.
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