Review of killer's sentence
Wednesday 09 September 1992
Christie, a former Ulster Defence Regiment soldier from Portadown, Co Armagh, was jailed for the manslaughter of Penny McAllister, 24, the wife of her lover Duncan McAllister, 31, a captain in the Royal Signals. A jury at Downpatrick Crown Court acquitted Christie of murder in June on the grounds of diminished responsibility because of her infatuation with the captain.
Christie lured Mrs McAllister, of Arundel, West Sussex, to Drumkeeragh Forest Park, near Ballynahinch, Co Down, in March 1991 and cut her throat with a boning knife, the jury heard.
The sentence provoked an outcry and within weeks Sir Nicholas announced he would apply for a review, which will now begin on 12 October.
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