Elderly wife euthanized by slitting throat


Jun 3, 2003
Elderly wife euthanized by slitting throat
"A 100-year-old former butcher has been spared a prison sentence for killing his wife after the judge accepted his plea of diminished responsibility. Bernard Heginbotham pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court on Thursday to the manslaughter of his wife, Ida. She was living at a nursing home in Preesall, Lancashire, and in poor health when her husband slit her throat, the court was told... Hilary Banks, prosecuting, told the court Mrs Heginbotham had become dependent on her husband after she had been hurt in several falls. She was in need of specialist care and had been moved between different care homes... 'He didn't want his wife to be moved again and didn't think she was going to receive the care he wanted her to have.' Mr Heginbotham was arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of murder at his home on 1 April, where he was found to have attempted suicide."

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