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Cannock husband ‘begged wife, 80, to help him end life’

Mavis EcclestonImage copyright PA Media
Image caption Mavis Eccleston denies the homicide and manslaughter of her 81-year-old husband Dennis

A pensioner accused of the “mercy killing” of her terminally sick husband has instructed a court docket he begged her to help him end his life.

Mavis Eccleston, 80, denies the homicide and manslaughter of husband Dennis, who died in hospital on 20 February 2018.

She instructed Stafford Crown Court Mr Eccleston had kissed her hand in thanks after she instructed him she would “go with his wishes” to die.

Prosecutors allege he was unaware he was being given an overdose.

The couple had been discovered by relations at their bungalow in Huntington, close to Cannock, Staffordshire, on 19 February final 12 months – after each had taken overdoses.

Giving proof within the second week of her trial, Mrs Eccleston instructed the jury her husband, who had been recognized with terminal bowel most cancers, “wanted to go.”

Telling the court docket she had fetched remedy from a cabinet at her husband’s request, the defendant, who was given an antidote in hospital for the medicine she had taken, added: “It was an understanding between us.

“He had to inform me what I had obtained to do.”

Answering questions from defence barrister Mark Heywood QC, the defendant mentioned she had written a be aware saying the couple had determined to take their very own lives, to clarify their actions to their kids.

Describing allegations she had determined to kill her husband after which herself as a downright untruth, she added: “He was the one who instructed me what to take.

“He did know what he was taking.

“I’d by no means, ever consider killing my husband – I’d solely help him to hold out of the ache.”

The trial continues.

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