Family of pensioner cleared of ‘mercy killing’ of terminally ill husband, call for a change in the law

Family of pensioner cleared of 'mercy killing' of terminally ill husband, call for a change in the law

The family of an 80-year-old widow cleared of the ‘mercy killing’ of her terminally ill husband, have called for a change in the law to allow assisted dying after she was forced to endure the “terrible” ordeal of a murder trial.
Mavis Eccleston was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of her cancer stricken husband, Dennis, 81, after she gave him a drink containing a lethal cocktail of prescription medicine.
The jury heard how Mrs Eccleston penned a 14 page suicide note, describing how the couple from the village of Huntingdon, Staffordshire were ending their lives because of “ill health and harrassment”.
They were both rushed to hospital after being found unconscious by relatives on February 20 last year. 
But while Mrs Eccleston was resuscitated, her husband was not because he had a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ due to his bowel cancer.
Jurors were told how Mr Eccleston passed away while holding hands with his wife of almost 60-years in adjacent hospital beds, later that day.

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