Kissel bid to appeal against second murder conviction

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am


Milkshake murderess Nancy Kissel has filed an application for leave to appeal against her latest conviction.

Kissel (pictured) was jailed for life a second time for beating her husband to death after a retrial last year.

Judiciary records show that the US expatriate has applied to appeal 'out of time' against her conviction for murdering investment banker Robert Kissel in 2003. The move comes after the expiry of a 28-day limit for filing an appeal following the second life sentence, imposed last March.

The application will reopen the sensational case, which went to a retrial after the Court of Final Appeal ruled the original trial was flawed.

There had been speculation Kissel was planning an appeal after she withdrew an application to serve out her sentence in the United States.

Those making an application to serve out a sentence in another jurisdiction are required to indicate they are not going to appeal.

But a few weeks ago, Kissel withdrew her application for a transfer.

No hearing date has been scheduled for the next appeal, the grounds of which are not clear. Kissel fed her husband a drug-laced milkshake before bludgeoning him to death with a lead ornament at their Parkview complex in Tai Tam.

In the original trial, Kissel pleaded not guilty to murder, saying she had acted in self-defence.

In the retrial she pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and provocation.