Family in tears as woman cleared of helping friend take her own life
A woman has been cleared of helping her friend to kill herself.
Milly Caller (22) was charged with encouraging or assisting the suicide of Emma Crossman, who was found dead in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, in January last year.
Caller was alleged by the prosecution to have been "obsessed and infatuated" by Miss Crossman (21), at the time of her death.
The jury found Caller not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court after hearing six days of evidence, including testimony from Caller, who said she did not think her friend would take her own life.
The jury was told how Miss Crossman was found dead in her home in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, on January 15 last year. Opening the case for the prosecution last week, Mark McKone told the jury there was no dispute that the defendant supplied a gas that her friend used to help kill herself.
He said the facts of the case were not disputed but Caller was pleading not guilty on the basis she did not think Miss Crossman would actually kill herself.
The court heard how Miss Crossman had a history of depression, self-harm and tablet overdoses.
He said she was particularly badly affected by relationship breakdowns and had split up with her partner, Adrian Kemp (56), a month or so before her death.
Caller did not show any emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict.
Flanked by a security guard, she stood in the glass-fronted dock in a leather jacket and black trousers.
Her family and friends were in tears in the public gallery and, after Caller was released from the dock, she was embraced by her supporters in the court.
Outside, her family said she should never have been put in this position.
Her sister, Fiona, said: "She hasn't got a nasty bone in her body. She's the nicest person you would ever meet.
"She doesn't deserve any of this."
The jury came back with the verdict just moments after they had been given a majority direction by the judge.