Saturday, April 19, 2014   

Kissel murder conviction affirmed
(12-03 15:44)

American housewife Nancy Kissel, dubbed the “milkshake murderer,’’ lost an appeal against her second conviction in Hong Kong for the 2003 murder of her banker husband.
The 49-year-old expatriate, serving a life sentence since 2005, was found guilty of drugging her husband – a senior executive at US bank Merrill Lynch – with a sedative-laced strawberry drink before clubbing him to death with a lead ornament in their luxury home.
She maintained she acted in self-defense against an abusive spouse, but she was convicted for a second time in 2011 following a retrial ordered by the city's top court.
Hong Kong's Court of Appeal judge Wally Yeung rejected Kissel's appeal on today, ruling out that the conviction was unsatisfactory.
“The evidence... is consistent with the deceased being attacked and killed when he was either unconscious or when his consciousness was impaired,'' Yeung said in his judgment.
Her defense team told the court during the appeal in October that Kissel suffered from depression and “had only killed the deceased in a frenzied attack provoked by threats and the deceased's physical assault on her.’’—AFP
   
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