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Life for woman who murdered sick mother

A woman from Plymouth who smothered her sick mother with a pillow has been jailed for life. Angela Douglas will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

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Police say Ann Mathews murder "not a mercy killing"

Devon & Cornwall Police have released a statement after a woman from Plymouth was found guilty of murder after smothering her mother with a pillow.

The police recognise that the trial against Angela Douglas of unlawfully killing her mother Ann Mathews, has been a very difficult and highly emotive time for the family.

The Major Crime Investigation Team tried to be as sensitive as possible whilst conducting the necessary enquiries so that justice could be done and I would like to pass on my thanks to the detectives involved for the sensitive way they approached this. In our view this was not a case of “mercy killing”.

Mrs Mathews was in poor health but she was not terminally ill and Angela Douglas was not her main carer. Angela Douglas admitted the killing. It was a matter for the jury to decide whether Ms Douglas was guilty of murder, or guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

The jury heard expert evidence on this matter before reaching their decision. They have decided she was guilty of murder. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time and have indicated they wish to be left alone.

– DI Costa Nassaris, Devon & Cornwall Police

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