Woman makes final appeal over 'milkshake murder'
An American woman who gave her husband a sedative-laced milkshake before battering him to death with a statue has launched her final appeal in Hong Kong.
Nancy Kissel (45) was convicted of murdering her husband Robert in 2003 in a case that scandalised the local community and convinced many Chinese observers of the sexual immorality and decadence of the island's wealthy expatriate population.
Kissel was sentenced to life in prison after a trial in which the judges heard how she bludgeoned her husband, a banker at Merrill Lynch, with a lead statuette in order to elope with her lover, a television-repair man living in the US.
The prosecution claimed Kissel stood to gain up to €12.2m in payouts on her husband's death. Kissel admitted from the witness box that she had killed her husband, but claimed she was acting in self-defence after he attacked her. She said her husband was a cocaine addict and a drunk who physically and sexually abused her for years.
An appeal in 2008 heard that the judges in the initial trial had defined the concept of self-defence too narrowly. However, the appeal court dismissed the argument.
The final appeal began yesterday and continues today.
Kissel's defence argued that the prosecution had made a technical error when it used submissions made during bail hearings in order to debunk her claims of memory loss and depression at the time of the killing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)