Woman cleared of assisting friend's suicide

A woman from Lincolnshire has been cleared of helping her friend to kill herself

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Mother of tragic suicide teen speaks of loss

The mother of Emma Crossman, who took her own life, leaving her best friend to face a crown court trial, has spoken for the first time about her loss.

Sharon Parr has made a national television appeal for those who have depression not to suffer in silence.

Her daughter Emma committed suicide at her home in Sleaford.

Last week her best friend Milly Caller was cleared of assisting her to end her life.

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Woman accused of assisting friend's suicide 'should never have been prosecuted'

The family of a woman cleared of trying to help her friend commit suicide say she should never have been prosecuted.

Amelia Caller known to her friends and family as Milly was charged with "encouraging or assisting" the suicide of Emma Crossman, who was found dead at her Lincolnshire home in January last year.

Today a jury at Lincoln Crown Court took just under five hours to clear her of the charge, Her family and friends were in tears after the verdict was announced. Kate Hemingway reports


CPS defends assisted suicide prosecution

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended bringing forward a prosecution against Milly Caller for assisting the suicide of her friend Emma Crossman.

Milly Caller in the middle with her two sisters, Fiona Caller on left and Emma Caller on the right

Caller was cleared of any wrongdoing by Lincoln Crown Court earlier today. Afterwards, her sister Fiona said she should never have been prosecuted.

However, the CPS says there was 'sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction'.

Cases of this nature are uniquely challenging and sensitive. Taking all the evidence into consideration and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors it was decided that there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. After legal argument the judge agreed it was right for a jury to decide. We respect the jury’s decision.

– CPS statement

Woman cleared in assisted suicide trial

A woman has been cleared of helping her friend to kill herself.

Emma Crossman Credit: ITV News

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.

Caller did not show any emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict.

She stood in the glass-fronted dock flanked by a security guard 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.

They had been deliberating for about four-and-a-half hours.

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