The trial opened today at Lewes Crown Court of Kay Gilderdale, who is accused of attempting to murder her daughter Lynn, who was so severely disabled after 17 years with ME that she was left paralysed and unable to feed herself. The court hearing is expected to last up to three weeks.
Mrs Gilderdale, aged 55, denies the murder attempt charge but at an earlier hearing had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting suicide. Jury selection started today (Tuesday, 12 January) and the jury is expected to be sworn in on Thursday. Potential jurors are being excused service if they have strong views about euthanasia.
Lynn, who was 31, was found dead at their bungalow home in Stonegate, near Heathfield, Sussex on 4 December 2008.