Mrs Kay Gilderdale admits aiding and abetting suicide of her daughter

July 3, 2009

Mrs Kay Gilderdale admitted aiding and abetting the suicide of her seriously-ill daughter, Lynn, when she appeared in court on July 3.

From the Daily Express 4 July 2009 (story by Sarah Westcott):

A FORMER nurse accused of trying to kill her daughter after watching her battle a serious illness for 17 years yesterday admitted aiding her suicide.

Kathleen Gilderdale, 54, known as Kay, was supported by family and friends as she entered her plea at Lewes Crown Court.

Gilderdale was arrested at her home in Stonegate, East Sussex, following the death of her paralysed and ­bedridden daughter Lynn last year.

She spoke only to confirm her name and enter her plea.

Lynn, 31, died from a suspected morphine overdose on December 4.

Gilderdale denied attempted murder and a further count of aiding and abetting attempted ­suicide.

The pleas were not accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service and a trial will be held on ­January 12.

Gilderdale was the full-time carer of Lynn, who had myalgic encephalopathy, also known as ME or chronic fatigue syndrome.

The mother had worked to campaign for greater awareness of the condition. Judge Richard Brown invited the CPS to drop the other two charges in light of Gilderdale’s guilty plea.

He said: “It strikes me that it may not be in the interests of justice to pursue the other counts when the defendant has pleaded guilty to a substantive count like that.

“It is a serious charge that appears to address exactly what happened.

“Wouldn’t it be better to accept it now rather than let this defendant get tangled up in a messy trial for the sake of some legal mumbo-jumbo?”

But prosecutor Annabel Darlow said the CPS is pushing ahead with all the charges because blood tests may shed some doubt on how Lynn died.


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