Jurors of England's Plymouth Crown Court took only one hour to find 49-year old Angela Douglas guilty of murdering her 73-year-old mother. Douglas, a heavy drinker, admitted killing Anne Matthews "out of love" after watching her suffer with emphysema.
When officers arrived on the scene, Douglas was drunk and slurring her words. Reportedly, she told them: "I tried to kill my mother. I smothered her with a pillow. I love my mum, I can't stand to see her like that."
Prosecutor's in the case did not see the killing as having anything to do with mercy. Although Matthews was frail and weighed only 70 pounds, they told the court that she was not terminally ill.
Psychiatrist for the defense, Dr Michael Alcock, advised the court that Douglas was suffering from "adjustment disorder", a recognized mental disorder that caused her to snap and kill her mother. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Sanford said there was no evidence that she was suffering from this stress-related medical condition.
Jurors in the case rejected her diminished responsibility defense convicting her of murder. Douglas, who howled in anguish after hearing the verdict, was sentenced yesterday to a life sentence. According to the judge, she will have to serve at least 12 years.
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