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Sally Challen’s Released From Prison: Richard Challen Wiki, Bio, Age, Wife(Sally Challen), Net Worth, Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Georgina Challen, known as Sally, was jailed for life in 2011 for the murder of her abusive husband Richard but has long insisted she only lashed out after years of humiliation at his hands.

The 65-year-old’s conviction was quashed in February due to fresh evidence about her mental state at the time and prosecutors today announced they would not pursue a murder retrial.


On 14 August 2010, Richard Challen a 65-year-old man was killed by his wife, Georgina Challen, also known as Sally, now 65. She clobbered him with a hammer severally on his head, in the kitchen of their Surrey home where he died. This was after decades of being coerced and humiliated by him. She had been in prison for almost a decade.

Sally Challen Release

Richard Challen Wiki

Mrs. Challen finally walked out of the Old Bailey as a free woman after Mr. Justice Edis sentenced her to nine years and four months in jail – time she has already served in custody, following a string of unprecedented legal wranglings at the country’s highest courts.

Sally Challen Husband and Children

Richard was 21 when he met Sally 15, he was a salesman and he could charm birds out of trees. He’d done sales all his life.

They were blessed with two sons David Challen 31, and James Challen 35. They said,

“The last ten years have been hell and extremely difficult for us, losing both parents the way we did. “We have had conflicting emotions of anger, grief, guilt, sadness, and regret. Our mother has always been a solid source of love and support for both of us. She didn’t make demands on us and let us do our own thing.

“We were so used to this we probably took her for granted. For many years family life has been a struggle, especially for our mother.
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Richard Challen a Control Freak

Mrs. Challen described herself as being made to feel like “a meek little mouse”, they had been married for 31 years when she “flipped”, pulled a hammer from her handbag and hit him over the head 20 times. He had been unfaithful to her for years while manipulating and controlling her.

At 17, she had an abortion, and after discovering he was cheating on her, took an overdose to contemplate suicide, which left her hospitalized.

However she always returned because the court heard, “she had no identity of her own”.

Sally Challen Feels Remorseful

I still love Richard and I wish that none of this had happened,” she said in an emotional press conference, flanked by her family, legal team and the Justice for Women campaign group.


She described her ordeal as a “long road” and said that her family “served my sentence with me”, adding: “Many other women who are victims of abuse and violence are in prison today serving life sentences, and I know this because I have met them.

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Richard Challen Cause of Death

Sally approached her husband from behind while he ate lunch, she battered him with a hammer before driving Beachy Head, a notorious suicide spot in East Sussex, where she told a chaplain who arrived as part of an intervention team: “I killed him with a hammer. I hit him lots of times. If I can’t have him, no-one can.”


She appeared in the dock for the hearing at the Old Bailey, overlooked by her sons David, 31, and James Challen, 35, other relatives and a public gallery packed with women’s rights campaigners.

When Mr. Justice Edis announced that he was going to impose a substantial custodial sentence – which she had already served – there were cheers from spectators.

Sally Challen Appeal

Following a change in the law in 2015, Mrs. Challen was able to appeal her murder conviction which recognized psychological manipulation, or coercive control, as a form of domestic abuse and crime.

A piece of new evidence from a psychiatrist showed that she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing undermined the safety of her conviction, Judges ruled.


Her murder conviction was quashed following a psychiatric report which concluded she was suffering from an “adjustment disorder” at the time of the killing, the lesser charge of manslaughter was yesterday accepted by the CPS.

Mrs. Challen, a former Police Federation office manager, who has been on bail since April, has always denied murdering the car dealer but was convicted following a trial and sentenced to 22 years behind bars. Her sentence was later reduced by four years on appeal.

In April, Mrs. Challen was released on conditional bail almost ten years after she was sentenced for his murder at Guildford Crown Court in 2011.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Georgina Challen, known as Sally, was jailed for killing husband with a hammer 
  • Challen, who was the victim of ‘coercive control’, had her conviction quashed
  • Today prosecutors called off a planned retrial and accepted manslaughter plea
  • Mrs. Challen, who has been supported by her sons throughout, wept in the dock
  • She was given a nine-year, four-month sentence, meaning she does not have to go back to prison because she has already served more than half of that
  • After walking free, she said she still loves her husband and misses him 

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