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NEWS: Briton Freed After Killing Terminally Ill Wife

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posted on Jan, 15 2005 @ 03:36 AM
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A British court today freed a man who killed his terminally ill wife. Brian Blackburn, 62, had made a suicide pact with his wife who was in severe pain from terminal stomach cancer. Her only wish was for her to die first. However, when Blackburn slashed his own wrists, he failed to die. Calling it an act by a loving husband the judge stated that his actions were "the last loving thing" he could do for her.
 



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LONDON - A husband who killed his terminally ill wife as part of a suicide pact walked free from a London court Friday with the judge saying he acted as a "loving husband."

Retired policeman Brian Blackburn, 62, was given a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 62-year-old wife.

According to court testimony, Margaret Blackburn, who was in constant pain with stomach cancer and had only a short time to live, insisted her husband cut her wrists first.

She asked him to make sure she was dead before killing himself as she did not want to risk surviving alone.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam said Blackburn had made a genuine attempt to take his life, inflicting knife wounds to his wrists, but he did not die.


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I'm glad to see that the court recognized that this man was trying to ease the pain of his wife. All to often people practice this life at all costs and never factor in the cost of such an attitude. Usually the people that push this agenda are often not the ones in pain or the ones suffering.




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