Woman who suspected boyfriend of killing cat jailed for murder

A NSW woman who suspected her new boyfriend had killed her cat, has been jailed for at least 12 years for fatally stabbing him in the back with a large carving knife.

Rachel Impson, 42, was found guilty in April of murdering Michael “Mick” Insley one night in October 2014 on an isolated and dark island in the Lake Illawarra region, after he turned up outside her tent, uninvited and without notice.

NSW woman Rachel Impson has been jailed for at least 12 years for fatally stabbing Michael Insley whom she thought had killed her cat. Source: AAP

In jailing her in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Michael Walton found there had been “a degree of provocation” by Mr Insley towards Impson, who was in a “heightened emotional state”, not only due to the death of her cat Angel but also because of her mental health disorders.