A wife jailed for the manslaughter of her husband who she stabbed to death while "borne out of despair" has been denied parole for a third time.
Lucille Scollay, 48, was sentenced to six years in prison after she admitted stabbing her husband Guy through his heart at their Christchurch home during the early hours of February 10, 2013.
She denied meaning to kill him and was found not guilty of murder by a jury after a trial at the High Court in Christchurch and instead found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Both families were at the time relieved at the verdict.
Scollay was seen by the Parole Board for a third time earlier this month but has been denied a release from prison.
A decision released to the Herald today, says her behaviour has improved over the last year and she now has "insight into her propensity to sometimes react aggressively if she perceives injustice".
A psychologist's report says she has a mild anger problem.
In August 2015, she was denied parole after she'd racked up six misconduct charges in just 15 months in prison. And again last year, she was refused parole, with Scollay herself telling the board she was not ready for release.
The board heard that while Scollay had a minimum security classification, she had been involved in a fight with another prisoner just months before, and her aggressive behaviour had led her to leaving a drug treatment programme.
In today's decision, the board noted that Scollay has a good understanding of her reintegrative needs. A psychologist said that she might benefit from a period on release to work.
"In the meantime she needs to formulate a strong safety and release plan with approved accommodation - she advises that she is currently working with [Withheld] to advance the accommodation issue," the Parole Board said. She will be seen by the board again next February.
In sentencing her to six years in jail with no minimum non-parole period in March 2014, Justice Cameron Mander said it was apparent her actions in stabbing her husband were "borne out of despair".
Scollay, known as Lulu, was conflicted, in that she was deeply unhappy, but she still loved the man she called Guido, and felt she could not leave him.
"This predicament led to this crisis which led to your killing of Mr Scollay," Justice Mander said.
Her defence claimed she only wanted to somehow shake her deeply depressed 48-year-old husband out of his funk and make him realise just how "desperate" their lives had become.
Her statutory release date is August 4, 2019.