Woman spared custody after killing her husband in suicide pact.

07.05.14 | |

Ann Pollen received a suspended sentence at the Old Bailey for the manslaughter of her husband pursuant to a suicide pact which she survived. Her husband had decided to commit suicide after being arrested for historic sexual abuse. In reaching the view that there were exceptional circumstances that justified suspending the sentence of imprisonment, the Court took into account that her husband was dominant and domineering and had instigated the suicide pact. Moroever, psychologists had assessed Mrs. Pollen to be suffering from an avoidant personality disorder and as being excessively compliant and suggestible. Tim Moloney QC led Farhana Rahman-Cook and was instructed by Claire Dissington of TV Edwards.


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