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Nurse gets life sentence for giving fatal heroin dose to son

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A trainee nurse has been given a life sentence for administering a fatal dose of heroin to her son, who had been severely injured in a car crash.

Frances Inglis, from Essex, denied murdering her 22-year-old son Thomas Inglis on 21 November 2008. She said her son had been in “terrible pain”, and claimed that his doctor had lied about his chances of recovery.

But a jury at the Old Bailey found her guilty of murder and sentenced her to life in prison. She must serve a minimum of nine years.

Mr Inglis suffered brain damage following a car crash in July 2007.

The jury reached a guilty verdict by a majority of 10 to two after deliberating for over six hours.

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  • As a reg nurse/midwife of many yrs standing and who specialised in Neurosciences for several years in Canada -I can understand the anguish of the mother. I can only imagine the agony of choice she had to make to end the suffering. That being said -did some ego come into play here when she chose to inject a fatal dose of heroine??
    Were there no other choices for her son??

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