Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' in fresh court bid
28 July 2016, 13:35
Hong Kong - Dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of
Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, American Nancy Kissel has lodged a fresh bid
to reduce her life sentence for murdering her banker husband in 2003.
51-year-old lost an appeal in 2014 against her conviction for 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 in the southern Chinese city.
gripped the former British colony, shining a spotlight on the elite expatriate
community, and featuring sensational allegations of a heady mix of adultery,
violence, spying, greed and enormous wealth.
is currently serving out her life sentence at Hong Kong's high-security Tai Lam
Centre for Women.
lawyers filed a writ to the city's high court on Wednesday saying a government
department that periodically reviews sentences of long-time inmates
"wrongly" refused to shorten her sentence when it looked at her case
the applicant's demonstration of remorse and repentance, the respondent acted
unreasonably," the writ says, referring to the city's Long Term Prison
Sentences Review Board.
Transfer to US
argued it was "highly unlikely" that Kissel would commit another
offence and that she wished to be transferred to the US - a prospect more
likely if her sentence was reduced.
applicant is a foreign prisoner who is likely to be deported upon completion of
any converted determinate sentence so that she and her family... some idea as to what the future holds,"
the writ said.
review board makes suggestions to Hong Kong's chief executive about inmates it
deems suitable to be released before the end of an imposed sentence.
Michigan-born mother-of-three was first convicted of murder and handed a life
sentence in 2005. The city's top court overturned the conviction in February
2010, citing legal errors, and ordered a fresh hearing. But she was convicted again in 2011 and then lost the
final appeal in 2014.
2011 retrial, Kissel sobbed as she told the jury she had endured physical and
sexual abuse at the hands of her husband.
maintained she acted in self-defense and
offered to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
accused Kissel of rolling up her husband's body in a carpet and covering his
head with plastic after killing him in their luxury home at the hillside
Parkview apartment complex.
the body in the bedroom for days before hiring workmen to carry it to a
storeroom, they said.
also argued that Kissel stood to gain up to $18 million (R256,5 million) from
the death of her wealthy husband, saying she planned to run away with a
television repairman with whom she admitted having an affair in the US.