A mother, Frances Inglis, will serve a nine year sentence for murdering her severely brain-damaged son.
He could not indicate whether or not he wanted to continue living.
However, if another mother – Bridget Gilderdale, attempts to kill her daughter with a condition that apparently has been diagnosed as myalgic encephalitis (chronic fatigue syndrome or ME) then as long as the charge is one of attempted murder she can walk free with a “not guilty” verdict.
In the case of Bridget Gilderdale it is not clear why the charge of attempted murder was pursued when she had already pled guilty of aiding and abetting suicide.
The crucial question is:
Does the law as it stands have the capability of consistently having a “stern face and a kind heart?”
However, it seems that in law as in medicine protocols rather than brains and hearts are becoming the rule.
Incidentally, The Witch Doctor knows quite a lot of people who have told her they have ME or chronic fatigue syndrome.
Without exception, all of them have had a very caring and concerned relative looking after them.
N.B. There will be a Panorama Special on the Gilderdale case on Monday 1 February.
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