Kay (Kathleen) Gilderdale cleared of attempting to murder daughter with ME

Kay Gilderdale cleared of attempting to murder daughter with ME

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It is understood that the case will feature in Panorama on Monday 01 February 2010.

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Times Online  |  25 January 2010

 

Kay Gilderdale cleared of attempting to murder daughter with ME

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article7001909.ece

[…]

The decision to charge one of the leading ME campaigners with the attempted murder of her daughter, who had featured in newspaper articles to try to raise public awareness about the condition, was inevitably controversial.

Only now can it be revealed that two judges pondered the merits of extra charges brought by the CPS during lengthy legal arguments.

First, Judge Richard Brown invited the lawyers to drop two charges in light of Mrs Gilderdale’s guilty plea, adding that he felt a trial would “not be in the public interest”.

Referring to her guilty plea to assisting attempted suicide, he said: “It is a serious charge that appears to address exactly what happened.

“Wouldn’t it be better to accept it now rather than let this defendant get tangled up in a messy trial for the sake of some legal mumbo-jumbo?”

The subsequent trial judge, Mr Justice Bean, then ruled that the charge of aiding and abetting an “attempted” suicide be dropped as it was “technical to a baffling extent.”

Even after the first day of the case, the jury was bewildered by the attempted murder charge — the only remaining charge — and sent a note asking for clarification.

The prosecution told the jury that if they decided she had intended to try to murder her daughter once her suicide attempt with the morphine appeared to have failed, then she was guilty. It also did not matter whether Miss Gilderdale was going to die from the morphine she had injected herself, if her mother attempted to kill her with yet more drugs, that may or may not have worked, she was guilty in law, they were told.

Full article here

See also, today: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article7001848.ece

(Mentions APPG on ME report into service provision.)

See also, today:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article7001494.ece

BBC

Guardian

Independent

Express

See also earlier reporting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/southeasttoday/

Click on orange text “Latest Programme” to open BBC Media Player

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/8479002.stm

Court told how ME sufferer was sexually assaulted (Kent and Sussex Courier, 22 January 2010)

http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/news/Court-told-sufferer-sexually-assaulted/article-1746238-detail/article.html

Mother ‘tried to ease pain of ME daughter’, court told (Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2010)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7054732/Mother-tried-to-ease-pain-of-ME-daughter-court-told.html

Mention of Kay in other current stories:

Mercy killing mum Frances Inglis tells of how she would have faced the death penalty to stop her son’s suffering (Dail Mirror, 23 January 2010)

here:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/01/23/jail-s-nothing-i-would-ve-faced-death-penalty-to-put-my-boy-out-of-his-misery-frances-inglis-115875-21988879 /

Final paragraph:

A jury was told yesterday [Friday 22 January 2010] mum Kay Gilderdale “crossed the line” between trying to help her desperately ill daughter commit suicide and trying to kill her. Gilderdale, 55, of Stonegate, East Sussex, denies attempted murder.

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