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‘Mercy kill’ wife denies confession

Accused: Mavis Eccleston said words were put into her mouth PICTURE: PA

AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman accused of killing her terminally ill husband as an act of mercy told police that nurses had ‘put words in my mouth’ during an alleged confession, a court heard.

Mavis Eccleston was arrested after her husband Dennis, 81, died from a ‘lethal’ overdose of prescription medication last February. He had terminal cancer.

His wife, who also took an overdose but was saved in hospital, denies murder and manslaughter.

Asked by police what she had said to mental health nurses in hospital, she said: ‘I can’t remember exactly because I am confused. They put words in my mouth — they have gone and said that I killed my husband.’

The court heard Mrs Eccleston, of Cannock, Staffordshire, wrote a note saying the couple were both of sound mind and had talked before taking medication. It said they both wanted to end their lives. The trial at Stafford crown court continues.