An 80-year-old woman has been found not guilty of murdering her terminally ill husband in a “mercy killing”.
Mavis Eccleston was accused of giving her husband Dennis, 81, a potentially lethal dose of prescription medicine without his knowledge.
She told Stafford Crown Court they both intended to take their own lives. Jurors heard she had also taken an overdose but survived.
Mrs Eccleston was also cleared of manslaughter after a two-week trial.
The court heard she wrote a note saying the couple both wished to end their lives.
But they were found by family members at their bungalow in Huntington, near Cannock in Staffordshire, on 19 February last year.
They were rushed to hospital where Mrs Eccleston was given an antidote for the drugs she had taken.
Jurors were told after his bowel cancer was diagnosed as terminal, Mr Eccleston had made a decision to receive no further treatment except for medication for pain management and did not wish to be resuscitated by medical staff.
Mrs Eccleston told jurors her husband had kissed her hand after she agreed to “go with his wishes” to die.
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