Our thanks to Len for this.
There are some intriguing parallels between this case and that of Sally Challen, who was initially convicted of murder for battering her husband to death through 20+ blows to his head with a hammer (she’d brought it in her handbag to his house, showing premeditation). The charge was later changed to manslaughter, following the defence of coercive control – a defence which will be used overwhelmingly by female defendants, not male defendants – and she is now a free woman.
The headline in the Daily Mail outrageously starts with “Hen-pecked Barclays executive…”. People of both sexes are capable of provoking violence in partners. When the provoking is done by a woman it’s downplayed as “hen-pecking”, making the response of the man seem worse. Julie Bindel frequently refers to men who kill their partners as reacting to “nagging” .
In this latest case the man in question, David Pomphret, admitted manslaughter but was found guilty of murder.
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