Alberta’s murder sentence was upheld, killing a common law partner.


A Southern Alberta woman who beheaded her common-law partner failed to recover her sentence.

In October 2016, Vanessa Pocket killed Brennan Twyoungmen during an argument in Morley, west of Calgary, and sentenced him to two years in prison and three years of probation.

He admitted stabbing the Toyungmen, and the only question at trial was whether he acted in self-defense.

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The lawsuit heard that Pousette was in a long-term and abusive relationship with the victim.

Pocket’s attorneys argued before the Alberta Court of Appeal that the trial had a number of errors, including that the judge was unable to properly consider a self-defense test, and whether Pouquet was a victim of battered woman syndrome.

The judges found the appeal to be without merit.

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