Fort St. John woman acquitted after attempted murder

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Central to Ejigu's defence was the issue of battered-spouse syndrome.

Myers said in his ruling that those affected by the syndrome develop fear and apprehension about their personal safety because of repeated physical and emotional abuse.

He says evidence suggested Ejigu, who is an immigrant from Ethiopia, felt alone and isolated, and her husband Yadeta Kareba had beaten her in the past and threatened to kill her days before the stabbing.

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He says when Kareba yelled at his wife before the 2 attack, she may have thought he meant to “kill, attack or sexually assault her, and that she had to defend herself by killing him.''

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