A MURDER charge against a George Town woman accused of killing her partner in February has been dropped.
Dimity Nancy Brown, 21, had pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence to stabbing Aidan Dawson twice to the stomach and once to the upper chest in an altercation at their Agnes Street home.
Mr Dawson, 21, later died in the Launceston General Hospital.
Yesterday in the Supreme Court in Launceston, Ms Brown was discharged on one count of murder by Justice Stephen Estcourt.
Prosecutor John Ransom had told the court that the onus to disprove self-defence fell on the Crown.
``As self-defence was raised, the onus falls on the state to prove beyond reasonable doubt that she was not acting in self-defence,'' Mr Ransom said.
``After a careful analysis of all the available evidence the state has concluded that it could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Ms Brown was not acting in self-defence.''
Accordingly, the Crown would not be filing an indictment for murder against Ms Brown, he said
Appearing in the dock Ms Brown appeared relieved and hugged family outside the courtroom.
On Tuesday, Ms Brown was ordered to carry out 28 hours of community services for assaulting Mr Dawson in a separate incident.
According to court documents, Ms Brown, who pleaded guilty, assaulted Mr Dawson by hitting him to the head and pulling his hair. The incident occurred on January 19, several weeks before his death.
Last month, Ms Brown was found guilty of assault after driving into a group of pedestrians, including a pregnant woman, at George Town in May.
The court heard Ms Brown deliberately drove at the group after the pregnant woman flipped her finger at Ms Brown's car.