Sally Challen’s sons have shared a photo of themselves at home with their mother as she awaits a new trial for the murder of their father.

David and James Challen have been supporting their mother after she killed Richard Challen, 61, with a hammer in August 2010.

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a case that centred around the issue of “coercive control”, but was jailed for life after she was convicted of murder in 2011.

Challen, from Surrey, is facing a fresh trial after her conviction was overturned in February.

She denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility, has been released from prison on conditional bail.

Her son David shared a photo on Twitter on Saturday which shows him sitting on the sofa with his mother, writing: “First day home with our mother after 9 years in prison.”

Sally Challen's family say she suffered years of emotional abuse
Image: Sally Challen’s family say she suffered years of emotional abuse from her husband Richard

David, 31, and his brother James are each clutching one of their mother’s hands in the image.

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When Challen was released from prison on Friday, David tweeted: “We just picked her up! She’s in the car with me right now!!!”

Scores of supporters attended appeal hearings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Challen’s retrial is due to take place at the Old Bailey in July.

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