about Emma

23-year old Emma had recently left a relationship with an abusive man who had hospitalised her when she met and fell in love with James. Over the months they were together James became increasingly controlling, jealous and physically aggressive. In March 2016, after a night out the couple argued and James became violent, kicking and pushing her and finally putting his hands around her throat. In a moment of terror, Emma reached into the sink behind her and lashed out, stabbing him once. At her trial the court were not informed of the history of abuse she had suffered or the that which she had witnessed growing up, nor was her mental health fully explored. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 17 years. Emma has a two-year old daughter.

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