Pensioner Cleared Of ‘Mercy Killing’ Murder Of Terminally Ill Husband

A pensioner has been cleared of the “mercy killing” murder of her terminally ill husband, who died after they both took an overdose at their home.

Mavis Eccleston was also acquitted of the manslaughter of 81-year-old Dennis Eccleston after telling jurors they were both of sound mind, and had agreed to take medication to end their own lives together.

Prosecutors had alleged Mr Eccleston, who was in the “end stages” of bowel cancer, was unaware that he was taking a potentially lethal overdose, and that his wife later made admissions to two mental health…
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