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UK: Disabled woman fights off ‘mercy killing’ husband

Posted 19/7-10 at 10.34

John Millar, 67, from Edinburgh has been jailed for four and a half years for the attempted murder of his disabled wife Phyllis. He claimed he wanted to end her suffering when he tried to smother her with a pillow. When questioned by the police, Millar explained, "She would be dead and out of the way. When I say out of the way, you know, she would be, perhaps, not having to put up with, you know, her life and it was my life too, I suppose, really."

Mrs. Millar, who has multiple sclerosis, denied she told her husband she wanted to die.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10631843

A fuller report on the case can be found at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8665274.stm

Editorial comment: If Phyllis Millar had not managed to put up a fight, would her husband be in jail? Probably not, or at least not for so long. The not-so-subtle subtext to this story seems to be if she had died or told him she wanted to die, because she has multiple sclerosis Millar's actions would be seen, at least by the public, if not the courts, as ‘mercy killing', not murder. It is such dangerous attitudes and assumptions by the press that help prepare the ground for the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

 

 

 

 

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