Australia Woman Who Killed Husband After Forced Abortion Found Guilty
by Steven Ertelt
August 11, 2008
Sydney, Australia (LifeNews.com) — An Australian woman who was on trial for murdering her husband after she reportedly told her psychiatrist he pressured her into having an abortion after he discovered she became pregnant by another man has been found guilty. Now, 32-year-old Danielle Stewart is guilty of the crime of manslaughter.
Stewart is alleged to have stabbed her husband to death in their apartment in August 2006 after a heated argument.
During the trial, the court heard from defense attorneys that she supposedly attacked her husband as a matter of self-defense because her 55-year-old husband Chaim Kimel had allegedly initially attacked her.
On Monday, the jury returned an 11-1 verdict in favor of a manslaughter conviction after the jury decided she was not guilty of murder.
The Canberra Times newspaper indicated Stewart’s psychiatrist, Rosalind Foy, told the New South Wales Supreme Court that she had a ”poor sense of self."
The newspaper said she had been referred to her after Chaim told her to get an abortion after she became pregnant following an affair with a Melbourne man.
”Chaim said ‘have the termination if you want to stay with me’,” Foy told the court.
Studies in the United States have found that as many as 40 percent of more abortion cases involve women who say they felt pressured or coercion.
That may have come from a partner, the woman’s parents, an employer, or someone else.
The court will hold a sentencing hearing on October 17 and Stewart will be in jail until that time.
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