A mother who killed her 'controlling' husband after years of abuse was close to tears on today's Good Morning Britain.
Emotional Sally Challen described the moment she bludgeoned Richard with a hammer after suffering years of abuse in her first TV interview.
The mum-of-two, who was 16 when she met 22-year-old Richard, was manipulated, lost control of her own money and was regularly cheated on.
GMB presenter Kate Garraway grabbed Sally's hand to offer support as she revealed she nearly took her own life after killing her husband in 2010.
Sally, who has sons David and James, confessed that she can't believe she was capable of hitting Richard 18 times with a hammer.
Describing the day she killed Richard, Sally said: "I took the hammer from my bag and I hit him. I have no recollection of putting a hammer in the bag but I accept that I did.
"They say I hit him 18 times. I can't believe I was capable of doing that. I remember I covered this body with a blanket.
"I didn’t want David to come round the house and see. I wasn't going to hide it but I didn’t want that to be his last memory.
"I put a note on his body which said 'I love you'."
Sally revealed she went to Beachy Head and nearly took her own life after killing her husband.
Explaining what stopped her, Sally said: "It was the police negotiator speaking to me. The words he said. 'What about your sons?' Leaving them."
Sally was charged wit murder and jailed for life in 2011, but in a landmark case had the charge changed to manslaughter in June this year.
With her time served already, Sally walked free and was reunited with her two sons.
Sally left Richard and moved out 18 months before killing him, but the pair reconciled and the abuse started again.
She said: "I felt at that time I had to get out. He had started with a news report about a brothel where he’d been had been raided. I had to watch him go in and go out in 2006 from a brothel and he denied it.
"It was the only concrete thing I could show what he was doing. I thought things could change.
"I left in Novemeber 2009. On the day I left I didn't want to go. I still loved him. We’d been together for so long. 40 years. He was part of me."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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