Back in November 2014, Farieissia Martin stabbed her ex-partner Kyle Farrell, who was 21 at the time of his death. Now, she has got permission to appeal her conviction.
The story so far
The 22-year older woman had knifed him in the chest at their residence in Charlecote Street, Dingle.
He died in the hospital due to a single stab wound on 21st November 2014. Martin was awarded a sentence of 13 years in prison for murdering Kyle in 2015.
Now, after over five years, Martin has been granted the right to appeal against her murder conviction.
Lawyers representing the mother-of-two claimed that she had to endure years of violence at Farrel’s hands. They said he exhibited extremely coercive and controlling behavior.
She was granted permission to bring a full challenge against her 2015 conviction. Three leading judges gave her license at the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday.
The permission to appeal comes in the wake of her attorney’s claiming there is fresh medical evidence regarding her mental state.
Light at the end of the tunnel
Martin’s case was picked up Justice for Women. It is an organization that supports women who are imprisoned for killing their partners in self-defense.
A spokesperson for Justice for Women said, “Fri was a young woman who experienced appalling abuse at the hands of her partner.” He added, “But this was not explored in court, nor was her mental health assessed.”
Earlier this year, in February, her application to appeal was turned down by a single judge.
Justice for Women claims that the evidence allegedly points to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD is said to be caused due to the abuse Martin suffered at Farrell’s hands.
Lady Justice Simler said that the mental disorders that Martin suffered from could have influenced the jury’s verdict. However, a definitive date has not been scheduled for Martin’s appeal yet.
Harriet Wistrich, Martin’s lawyer, said that she was “very relieved” that Martin was permitted to appeal.
Her best friend, Heather, are currently raising Martin’s two young daughters. The girls visit their mother every other month in prison, which they call “the castle.”