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Frances Inglis: Condena–> mínimo 9 años de cárcel

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From Times Online
January 21, 2010

Jury heckled over murder verdict for mother Frances Inglis who ‘acted out of love’

Por Lucy Bannerman

An Old Bailey jury was heckled yesterday after a mother who injected her brain-damaged son with a lethal dose of heroin to end his suffering was found guilty of murder.

Frances Inglis, 57, dijo que no tuvo otra elección que la de liberar Thomas del  “infierno viviente” de su estado vegetativo.  Esta madre de tres hijos de Dagenham, Londres Este, ya estaba en libertad condicional por intentar matar previamente a su hijo Thomas cuando se registró en una residencia  con nombre falso y le administró una inyección letal en Noviembre 2008.

Ella admitió que le causó la muerte, pero insistió en que ella actuo por compasión.

Los miembros del jurado llegaron a un veredicto con una mayoría de 10 contra 2 trás deliberar más de seis horas.

Undated Hertfordshire Police handout photo of Frances Inglis, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of nine years after being found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey, after she gave her brain-damaged son Thomas a lethal heroin injection to end his suffering.

Ayer noche, su familia pidió que se revise la ley después que un juez la condenara a cadena perpetua y el juez le dijera que ella debía pasar un mínimo de 9 años en la cárcel. Las sentencias de culpabilidad – por asesinato y tentativa de asesinato- provocaron los lamentos del público a gritos de  “Shame on you” (“que caiga la verguenza sobre Ustedes”).

Outside the court, Inglis’s eldest son, Alex, 26, defended his mother for actions that the family believed “were done out of love” for his brother.

He said: “I want to say that all of the family and Tom’s girlfriend support my Mum 100 per cent. All of those who loved and were close to Tom have never seen this as murder, but as a loving and courageous act.

“Why is my Mum the only person who has been called to answer for her actions, which were done out of love for her son?”

He added: “What this case and a number of others have exposed is a need for a complete rethink of laws in regard to people that have been, and will be, in the same position as Tom.

“How can it be legal to withhold food and water, which means a slow and painful death, yet illegal to end all suffering in a quick, calm and loving way? It’s cruel and illogical.”

Thomas suffered serious head injuries after falling from an ambulance in the early hours of July 7, 2008. He was 22. He had suffered a cut lip during a fight outside a pub, but did not want to go to hospital.

Witnesses claimed that he jumped from the ambulance on the way to Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, but hit his head on the road.

He had showed signs of improvement but required round-the-clock care. He could communicate only by blinking and squeezing his hands, and had to be fed through a tube.

Inglis, who was doing a nursing diploma, refused to believe an encouraging prognosis from one of the doctors.

During the trial she wept as she described her despair at sitting at his bedside and seeing only the “horror, pain and tragedy” of her son’s helpless condition. “For Tom to live that living Hell — I couldn’t leave my child like that,” she told the court.

She admitted ending her son’s life but said: “I did it with love in my heart, for Tom, so I don’t see it as murder.” Ten days after he was admitted to hospital, she tried unsuccessfully to procure pure heroin from a neighbour. After her first attempt at giving him a lethal injection, in September 2007, she was arrested, and released on bail, with a number of conditions, including no contact with Thomas.

Staff at the home where he was being treated kept a picture of her at the nurses’ station to alert them if she tried to visit. However, at 1.37pm on November 21, 2008, armed with full syringes and having swigged from a whisky bottle in the hospital car park, she signed herself into The Gardens Neurological Nursing Home in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, as his aunt, “Mrs Catkins”, and found herself alone with her son.

She told the court: “I held him and I told him that I loved him and I took the syringe and injected him in each thigh and his arm. I told him everything was going to be fine, that he will be fine. I hoped he had died, he was very peaceful.

“I know what equipment medical staff could use on him. I was just so scared they were going to resuscitate him again. I couldn’t risk it, I couldn’t just let them.”

When staff tried to get in she said that she had HIV, and threatened them. She barricaded herself in using an oxygen cylinder and a wheelchair, and put strong glue in the lock.

Expecting to be arrested, she had left at home instructions on caring for her youngest son Michael and the family dog. She said her family had no idea what she intended to do.

In his summing up Judge Brian Barker, QC, had said that there was “no concept in law of mercy killing” and that it was still a killing “no matter how kind the intention”.

He added: “You knew you were breaking society’s conventions, you knew you were breaking the law, and you knew the consequences.”


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