By no means-before-seen proof that a girl serving life in jail for murdering her boyfriend was systematically abused by him beforehand is ready to kind a part of an enchantment towards her sentence, The Impartial can reveal.

Emma-Jayne Magson, then 23, stabbed James Knight, 26, within the chest at her Leicester dwelling in March 2016 and was subsequently sentenced to a minimal of 17 years behind bars.

Joanne Smith, her mom, has now backed an enchantment towards the homicide conviction and mentioned it was incorrect the jury had not been made conscious of the abuse her daughter allegedly suffered by the hands of Knight – or given in-depth details about her psychological well being points.

Now, a new authorized crew – who’ve the assist of campaigning group Justice for Girls – will subsequent week ask the Court docket of Attraction to grant permission for a renewed software to enchantment towards her conviction to be heard by a full court docket.

Justice for Girls say Knight grew to become “more and more controlling, jealous and bodily aggressive” in the course of the months of their relationship.

“I collect James would hit her, threaten her in entrance of her daughter, was extremely jealous and controlling,” spokesperson Nic Mainwood mentioned.

“The jury was not made conscious of her psychological well being points or the abuse she had skilled from James. Emma has been recognized with borderline persona dysfunction and PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Dysfunction-Not In any other case Specified) which is characterised by impaired social and communication abilities.

“Mix this with the emotional and bodily abuse she suffered from her associate James, and the actual fact she had misplaced a much-wanted child lower than two weeks earlier than the incident, it isn’t tough to see how extremely weak she was.”

Ms Smith criticised the trial for focusing on the occasions of the evening that led as much as Knight’s loss of life reasonably than contemplating proof of a marketing campaign of abuse towards her.

“I noticed she had a black eye and bruises at occasions. Her associates and my mum got here ahead to say he had been domestically violent in direction of her however they didn’t use any of the proof in court docket. They made all of it about that evening,” Ms Smith mentioned.

“He was on cocaine, hashish and steroids and over the drink-drive restrict the evening he died. He had attacked her earlier within the evening and it was even on CCTV. He additionally attacked her in a taxi, and the taxi driver was a witness in court docket. He mentioned he was on high of her within the cab and she or he was kicking him to get off.” 

The police had been referred to as after Knight thought the bouncer was paying Magson an excessive amount of consideration in a nightclub, in response to Ms Smith. 

“He informed the police officer ‘I simply need to contact my girlfriend’. He was later seen on CCTV grabbing her by the throat and slinging her to the ground. She simply bought up and was not aggressive in direction of him,” she mentioned.

“Later within the evening he was heard kicking the door to get into the household dwelling and the neighbour mentioned in an announcement that Emma was shouting ‘I’m not letting you in due to what occurred final time’. Emma mentioned he was later strangling her saying he didn’t need the child after which abruptly she was exterior and the whole lot had occurred. I don’t suppose she realised she had stabbed him on the time however solely afterwards.”

She mentioned her daughter had endured a miscarriage simply over per week earlier than the incident – saying she thought it had been triggered by the stress she was struggling.

“Emma rang me up screaming two days after shedding her child,” she mentioned. “She was bleeding and went to the hospital. She’d had a D&C [a surgical procedure] after the miscarriage however they left half the child in her so she needed to have two blood transfusions and surgical procedure. James got here all the way down to the hospital shouting saying she was a slag and the child was black although it was his.” 

The pair had damaged up and weren’t technically collectively in the course of the evening of his loss of life, in response to Ms Smith, however had met up after texting one another. 

“I by no means ever in one million years thought she could be executed for homicide. I’m not saying she doesn’t need to be punished however by no means homicide. She by no means meant to harm James. She liked James and nonetheless does – when you discuss him her eyes mild up. Even since he has died he’s nonetheless controlling her thoughts. If she may take that evening again she would. That evening she didn’t need to be harm any extra. She was petrified. He’s a giant bloke.”

Ms Smith, who’s crowdfunding her daughter’s authorized prices, mentioned she was completely shocked when her daughter was convicted of homicide and thought the media had “discovered her responsible earlier than the court docket did”.

“Emma by no means had an opportunity in that courtroom. That they had painted her as a cold-blooded killer. Mainly, the court docket had been saying it’s best to have simply let him kill you, you do this otherwise you spend your life in jail,” she added.

Magson was described as “chilly, brutal and manipulative” for delaying medical assist to her dying boyfriend and in impact “sacrificing” him, Leicester Crown Court docket heard in the course of the trial.

The decide, Nicholas Dean QC, imposed a life sentence with a minimal time period of 17 years after she was convicted in November 2016. He mentioned: “This was an act in impulse and anger. Her behaviour is in no way straightforward to grasp.”

Through the three-week trial, the court docket heard that the couple had been concerned in a drunken row within the run-up to the deadly assault at Magson’s dwelling in Leicester on 27 March.

The court docket was performed a 999 name Magson made a while after she struck the deadly blow, saying Knight had collapsed however failing to say he had been stabbed.

When she was informed an ambulance could be delayed, Magson replied: “No, that’s fantastic, don’t fear about it.”

Addressing the decision, her mom mentioned: “There are two extra 999 calls after that the place she rang them again and requested them to rush up. Through the first one I don’t suppose she realised the severity of all of it.”

The brand new authorized crew – who’re launching the renewed software for permission to enchantment towards her homicide conviction – observe the psychiatrist initially instructed by the prosecution now agrees Magson was affected by a borderline persona dysfunction. 

They’ve additionally instructed a advisor medical psychologist and neuropsychologist, who has recognized a pervasive developmental dysfunction which was not recognised on the time of her trial.

The court docket shall be requested to think about, amongst different propositions, the opportunity of the supply of the partial medical defence of diminished accountability of within the mild of her persona dysfunction and PDD-NOS.

Magson’s solicitor, Louise Bullivant, mentioned she had witnessed “persevering with unfavourable protection of Emma” within the press since she had been concerned within the case. 

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