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Pensioner who ‘mercy killed’ sick husband says he begged her to take his life

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Mavis Eccleston leaving Stafford Crown Court, where she is on trial accused of murdering her husband Dennis in a "mercy killing" after his bowel cancer was diagnosed as terminal
Mavis Eccleston stated her husband begged her to take her life (Picture: PA)

A pensioner accused of ‘mercy killing’ her terminally unwell husband stated he begged her to assist finish his life.

Mavis Eccleston, 80, denies the homicide and manslaughter of her husband of just about 60 years, Dennis Eccleston, who died in hospital on February 20, final 12 months.

It is alleged retired miner Mr Eccleston, who had bowel most cancers, didn’t know he was being given a ‘potentially lethal’ overdose within the early hours of February 19, at their house in Huntington, close to Cannock.

But the mother-of-three stated her 81-year-old husband, who had talked about going to Switzerland to finish his life, had kissed her hand in thanks after she informed him she would ‘go with his wishes’ to die.

Mrs Eccleston informed jurors at Stafford Crown Court how the couple had an ‘understanding’ and she had written a letter to their youngsters explaining their choice to take their very own lives.

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The pensioner, who was later given an antidote in hospital for the medicine she had taken, added: ‘The next thing I knew I was in hospital.’

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Mavis Eccleston, of Hare Park in Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, allegedly murdered her husband Kenneth - known as Dennis - on 20 February 2018. The 81-year-old was found dead at an address in Huntington, Cannock. Mrs Eccleston denied murder during an appearance at Stafford Crown Court on 10 June and was bailed ahead of a trial set for 2 September.
She informed the jury she and her husband had an ‘understanding’ (Picture: SWNS)

It is alleged Mrs Eccleston informed psychological well being nurses her husband didn’t know he had been given an overdose however she has no recollection of the dialog happening.

She informed jurors her husband, who she had met as a youngster, was ‘more or less begging’ her to finish his life.

After breaking down in tears a number of instances within the witness field, she informed the court docket he had stated ‘do you really, really mean it?’ after she stated she had agreed to assist him put together an overdose of medicine.

‘He got hold of my hand and just kissed it, as if to say thank you,’ she informed the jury of eight males and 4 girls. ‘He wanted to go.’

Telling the court docket she had fetched medicine from a close-by cabinet at her husband’s request, the pensioner added: ‘It was an understanding between us. He had to tell me what I had got to do.’

After that they had each taken the medicine, the court docket heard, Mrs Eccleston kissed her husband on the top, pulled a canopy over him, and he stated ‘good night darling’ as she went to lie down on a settee.

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Mavis Eccleston, of Hare Park in Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, allegedly murdered her husband Kenneth - known as Dennis - on 20 February 2018. The 81-year-old was found dead at an address in Huntington, Cannock. Mrs Eccleston denied murder during an appearance at Stafford Crown Court on 10 June and was bailed ahead of a trial set for 2 September.
The mother-of-three has denied manslaughter and homicide (Picture: SWNS)

Defence barrister Mark Heywood QC, stated it had been prompt Mr Eccleston didn’t know the medicine can be harmful to him – and that Mrs Eccleston had determined to kill him after which kill herself.

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Describing the allegations towards her as a downright untruth, Mrs Eccleston replied: ‘He was the one who informed me what to take. He did know what he was taking.

‘I might by no means, ever consider killing my husband – I might solely assist him to preserve out of the ache.

‘He knew full well, although he was ill, what he was taking. He was more or less begging me.’

Questioned about what she might recall from her dialog with psychological well being nursing employees at Stafford Hospital, the pensioner informed the jury: ‘I can’t even keep in mind what the room appeared like.

‘I can’t keep in mind one iota of the dialog.’

The trial continues.

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