Episode 134: A Precedential Murder


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Laura Richards talks with special guest David Challen, the son of Sally Challen, who is currently in prison serving an 18 year sentence for the murder of Richard Challen in 2011.

During her trial jurors were told that she attacked him with a hammer whilst he ate his lunch at the kitchen table of the former marital home.

David is leading the charge to free his mother from prison and tells Laura about what it was like growing up at home and what his mother and father's relationship was really like behind closed doors.

Since Sally's conviction, the concept of coercive control has been introduced into law following the successful Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign spearheaded byLaura Richards in partnership with Women's Aid and Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation.

Given the advances in law and analysis of coercive control, Sally's murder conviction is now being looked at with fresh eyes and challenged in the courts setting a precedent in UK law. To read more about Sally's case and to help support Sally go to:



For more information about coercive control and the domestic violence law reform campaign go to:



For more information about the register for serial stalkers and domestic abusers go to:


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