Sally Challen was granted bail today (April 5) after her murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in February.

Mrs Challen, 65, from Claygate in Surrey, was found guilty of murdering her husband Richard with a hammer, and received a life sentence in 2011.

Mrs Challen, whose first name is Georgina but is known by those closer to her as Sally, said she killed 61-year-old Richard Challen in August 2010 after years of being controlled and humiliated by him.

Following her murder conviction, her sons David Challen (31) and James Challen (35), campaigned in the following years to have that decision overturned.

Mrs Challen appeared at the Old Bailey via video link Friday, and denied murder.

She wiped away tears as Mr Justice Edis granted her conditional bail, following an application by defence lawyer Clare Wade QC, ahead of her retrial in July.

Mr Justice Edis said Mrs Challen should be released from custody from midday on Saturday (April 6).

The judge set a further hearing for June 7, and a trial on July 1 "if necessary".

Mrs Challen's sons expressed relief that their mother would soon be freed.

Speaking outside court, Mr David Challen said: "Today we are overjoyed that bail has been granted for our mother and she will be now released back to us. Our mother now rejoins our family."

Asked what it will be like when she walks out of prison on Saturday, he said: "It's a massive moment."

He added: "It's a happy day for us, we get to see her again."

Mr Challen added that the family are looking forward to "being together again after so long".

The defendant's brother, Chris Jenney, said: "The family are all supporting Sally. We have done from day one. Our strength's built and will build even further. This is a fantastic day for us."