Kissel is trying to fool court, prosecutor says

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 March, 2011, 12:00am

Nancy Kissel tried to portray herself as being unable to deal with daily life around the time she killed her husband, but evidence showed she was running her photography business and maintaining social engagements, a prosecutor said yesterday.

'She was not socially isolated. She was not ... unable to fulfil engagements,' David Perry QC said as he continued to sum up the case against the American mother-of-three in the Court of First Instance.

Kissel had been performing volunteer work at Hong Kong International School on an almost daily basis and chaired an annual dinner at the United Jewish Congregation, Perry said. She failed to tell her psychiatrist about her busy schedule, and that she was due to host a Halloween party at the family home in Parkview and was planning to fly to San Francisco for cosmetic surgery.

'Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you will have to decide if what Dr Walker and Dr Wong say - that she was a person in isolation, struggling, battling with depression - is right, or was she having a busy, hectic life... which is wholly inconsistent with the picture she presents of a person suffering from depression,' Perry said, referring to psychologist Professor Lenore Walker and psychiatrist Dr Wong Chung-kwong, who testified for the defence.

Perry said Kissel claimed to have forgotten events in the days after she killed her husband on November 2, 2003, which her witnesses called evidence of a disassociative state. 'The prosecution says it's consistent with trying to get away with murder.'

Kissel, 46, is being tried for the murder of Robert Kissel, 40. She has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of provocation and diminished responsibility, which the prosecution does not accept.

The case continues before Mr Justice Andrew Macrae.