Friday, November 20, 1998 Published at 16:17 GMT
'Provoked' woman wins appeal
A woman who says she suffered years of physical abuse from her lover has had her conviction for murdering him quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Diana Butler, 30, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, had said she was provoked into killing Roger Carlin.
"As in the case of Diana Butler, they end up being found guilty of murder because their defences don't seem to fit their experiences," she said.
The relationship between Butler and Mr Carlin was acknowledged as "stormy" and the couple reportedly fought for an hour on the night of the murder.
The jury was not persuaded by her defence and found her guilty.
Ms Wistrich said: "There is a huge amount of evidence that should have been put before the jury about the abuse she was suffering."
The civil rights group Women for Justice has spent the day demonstrating outside the Court of Appeal for a clarification of the law in abuse cases.