Justice For Women is calling for support for Fri during her appeal which will be heard on 16 and 17 December 2020.
At the time of her trial, 22 year old Fri's all-male legal team, who knew Kyle, did not have any specialist knowledge of the impact of domestic abuse and failed to request a psychiatric report. Subsequently, the nature, extent and impact of the abuse that Fri experienced was not examined at her trial.
Unable to open up to her all-male legal team, Fri attempted to transfer her Legal Aid to a female solicitor who she could open up to. At that time, Fri wrote a letter to this female solicitor which detailed the extent of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse that she had been subjected to over the course of her relationship with Kyle. The Crown Court refused to transfer Fri's Legal Aid to this new solicitor and Fri's defence team did not raise the sexual abuse at her trial.
'Fri’s case came before the Court of Appeal for an application for permission to appeal in December 2019. Lady Justice Simler, who heard the application, described Fri’s account to the defence experts as a paradigm case of coercive control.' (Sally Middleton, Birnberg Peirce).
Fri's current legal team for her appeal have obtained fresh evidence relating to Fri's mental health which verifies the impact of the coercive control and significant ongoing abuse that Fri was subjected to.
Fri acknowledges that she killed Kyle and accepts that she should spend time in prison.
It is clear, from this new evidence, that Fri had a partial defence to murder, either loss of control, through fear of serious violence, or diminished responsibility, which just wasn't heard nor explored at her trial.
Fri now has an opportunity to demonstrate to the Court of Appeal that this is a case of manslaughter, not murder.
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'Justice for Women was established in 1990 as a feminist campaigning organisation that supports, and advocates on behalf of women who have fought back against or killed violent men. We strive to eradicate the discrimination in the legal system against women who have suffered male violence.'
'On the night of the incident, Farieissia had been out and Kyle was babysitting. On her return he attacked her including trying to strangle her. In order to defend herself and in fear of her life, Farieissia reached for anything to help stop him. Kyle died as a result of a single stab wound to the heart.When Farieissia was arrested, she initially lied about the events of the evening, for fear of the children being left alone without either of their parents. During the trial the history of violence was not explored and a mental health assessment was not carried out. These two issues form part of the grounds for appealing the sentence and conviction. Fri’s application to appeal was turned down by the single judge earlier this year but on 3rd December 2019, a panel of three judges heard Fri’s renewed application and granted leave to appeal' (Justice For Women). .
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