US woman loses appeal in 'milkshake murder' trial
An American woman lost an appeal of her conviction in a Hong Kong court for the beating death of her husband in a sensational case widely known as the "milkshake murder" trial.world Updated: Oct 06, 2008 16:57 IST
An American woman lost an appeal on Monday of her conviction in a Hong Kong court for the beating death of her husband in a sensational case widely known as the "milkshake murder" trial.
Dressed in black, Nancy Kissel nodded her head and appeared to be holding back tears when a judge announced the decision in the Court of Appeal. Kissel, who suffered a knee injury in prison, limped out of the courtroom aided by two policewomen.
The 44-year-old housewife from Minnesota was convicted in 2005 of giving her husband a milkshake laced with sedatives before fatally bashing the wealthy banker on the head with a metal ornament in 2003.
Kissel said she was defending herself from an abusive husband and appealed the conviction and her life sentence in prison. But prosecutors argued Kissel was a cold-blooded wife who planned the attack in the couple's luxury apartment.
Defence attorney Simon Clarke said he was "very disappointed" but not surprised by Monday's ruling.
"This court doesn't uphold many appeals at all," Clarke said.
"But we are expecting a better hearing at the Court of Final Appeal."
The three-judge panel did not give approval for the case to proceed to a higher court, and Kissel will need to apply for permission to get the Court of Final Appeal to hear the case.