Woman talked down from Beachy Head denies murder

Beachy Head
Beachy Head

A WOMAN who had to be talked down from Beachy Head by chaplains last year has denied murdering her husband.

Georgina Challen, 57, who is on trial for murder at Guildford Crown Court, is charged with killing her retired businessman husband Richard with a hammer on August 14.

The court heard she became convinced his bid to rescue their 31-year marriage was simply a ‘ruse’ to gain access to her money.

The court was told that the separated couple met up at their former marital home in Ruxley Ridge, Claygate, Surrey, to prepare for a make or break trip to Australia.

But it is alleged that after becoming suspicious that her husband was seeing another woman, the mum-of-two sneaked up behind her 61-year-old husband and attacked him. She also believed he had been visiting a brothel after she saw him on TV when police raided the establishment, the court heard. A mutual friend of the couple, told the court the 57-year-old mother of two became ‘extremely distressed’ by the footage. Retired motor dealer Mr Challen claimed he did not go to the brothel to have sex with a prostitute – but to sell a car.

The court heard that she after bludgeoning him to death, she wrapped his body in a pair of curtains and left a note on his body.

Challen then drafted a suicide note before driving 70 miles to Beachy Head where she rang a relative and threatened to jump, it is claimed.

She was talked down from the edge and when arrested allegedly told police, “It was all a game so he could get everything…If I can’t have him, no-one can.”

The court heard she said she was ‘certain’ her husband was dead and when asked how it happened, she replied, “I killed him with a hammer. I hit him lots of times.”

The court was told that Challen will claim she was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time of the killing. The trial continues.