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'Gentle and kind' nurse on trial for killing brain damaged son

A nurse is on trial for giving her brain damaged son a lethal dose of heroin.

Frances Inglis, 57, a trainee nurse from Dagenham who was described by witnesses as “a pillar of the community”, denies murder and attemped murder.

Ms Inglis was already on bail after a previous attempt to administer a lethal dose of heroin to her son Thomas, who was left brain damaged following a road accident.

The court heard that Ms Inglis believed he would not recover and wanted to “put him out of his misery”.

She was described by neighbour Sharon Robinson as “perfect lady, a lovely person”.

“She was gentle and kind and always helpful, always ready to help those less fortunate than herself,” said Robinson. She agreed that, prior to the accident, Inglis was a “wonderful mother”.

Speaking for the prosecution, Miranda Moore QC said: ‘It is not a defence to murder or to attempted murder that a mother wants to put her son out of his misery, whether that misery was real or, as in this case, merely perceived.”

Medics had insisted Mr Inglis was showing signs of improvement, and other members of the family were said to be hopeful that he would recover.

The case continues.