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Mum denies killing disabled son

A mother accused of killing her brain-damaged son had been told the only way to end his life legally would be to starve him, a court has heard.

Frances Inglis (57) is alleged to have given 22-year-old son Thomas a lethal dose of heroin in a bid to end his suffering.

Yesterday her older son Alex told an Old Bailey jury how his brother's condition after suffering serious head injuries drove his mother almost “insane”. Eventually they began to discuss the “probability” that his life should be ended by obtaining a court order to allow his feeding to be withdrawn, Mr Inglis told the jury.

“It was the only legal way it could happen, for Tom to die of hunger,” he said.

The defendant, of Dagenham, east London, denies murder and attempted murder.

Belfast Telegraph