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Battery as a Defence 50% of the Time

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posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 12:04 AM

Domestic violence: court affirms licence to kill as
another "battered woman" walks free after execution-style murder of husband

On 4th March 2006, Claire Margaret McDonald gasped and burst into tears as a Victorian Supreme Court jury found her not guilty of the execution style murder of her husband, Warren John McDonald.

The court was told that McDonald had donned camouflage gear and lay in wait with a high-powered rifle for her husband to approach. She fired six shots, mortally wounding her husband.

McDonald successfully used the "battered woman syndrome" defence, claiming she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband.

Within days, Queensland woman, Susan Falls, having probably read the media reports of Heather McDonald's stunning acquittal, decided to execute her abusive husband in the same fashion, in what prosecutors would describe as a cunning, calculated murder.

Falls paid a friend, Anthony Cummings-Creed $5,000 to buy a 22.calibre pistol with silencer on the black market.

On May 26, 2006 while her husband Rodney Falls was drinking at his pub, she made him a dish of curried prawns for his dinner, knowing that their children would not eat any of the dish. Falls crushed up a number of sleeping tablets and laced the prawns with the mixture, assuming that the curry would mask the taste of the sleeping tablets.

Why is it that Physical and/or Emotional Abuse directed toward men is no excuse for using violence against women, but Physical or Emotional abuse against women is an excuse to kill men? Shouldn't the same laws be applied to both sexes? Once again we are reminded that gender plays a key role when determining whether the accused is guilty of disproportionate aggression or necessary self-defence. All one needs to do is reverse the gender roles in these situations to see how biased and unjust the legal system can be.

[edit on 8/6/2010 by Dark Ghost]

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