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Monday, 2 December, 2002, 18:05 GMT
Child faces murder appeal judges
Donna Tinker
Tinker claimed self-defence at her trial
An eight-year-old girl will give evidence at her mother's appeal against conviction for the murder of her husband.

Donna Tinker, originally from North Tyneside, was jailed for life in April 2000 after being found guilty of murdering her husband Richard with a vegetable knife.

The evidence from Tinker's daughter Natalie about what she saw on the day of the fatal stabbing is one of three new grounds for appeal.

The mother-of-three stabbed her husband in June 1999 in the kitchen of their home in Norwich Drive, Harrogate.

Hot iron

Tinker said her husband held his arm around her neck and threatened her with a hot iron.

A single blow punctured Mr Tinker's lung and he died in hospital a week later.

At the appeal, Tinker's lawyers said there was fresh material which supported her version of events, including evidence from Natalie.

Three senior judges at the Court of Appeal in London have already watched a video in which Natalie describes what she saw.

Cross-examination

She will give evidence via video link on Tuesday and will also be cross-examined.

Miss Vera Baird QC, Tinker's counsel, told the court that "Natalie now says she saw the iron raised in the hands of Richard".

Tinker's defence of provocation was not accepted in her trial despite evidence of the injuries she had suffered an hour before the stabbing - including a black eye, broken tooth and bruised jaw.

Her three daughters now live with their maternal grandparents near Newcastle upon Tyne.

The hearing continues.


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