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Life term for woman over 'mercy killing' of friend

By Tom Wilkinson

A church-goer who smothered a dying devout Christian with a pillow despite her victim's opposition to euthanasia has been jailed for life with a minimum term of nine years for his murder.

Cancer patient David Paterson (81) was close to a natural death when Heather Davidson (54) suffocated him in the bedroom of his care home on February 11.

About two hours before, she had called Macmillan Cancer Support to ask if smothering her friend would make her a murderer.

She called it a mercy killing, but acted "unilaterally" without thinking about what he wanted, or the views of family and staff, Teesside Crown Court heard.

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