Devon

Devon woman tried to smother Parkinson's husband

A Devon woman has admitted twice trying to smother her sick husband with a pillow.

Margaret Sandercock, 65, of Trobridge near Crediton, admitted putting a person in fear of violence by force.

She is due to be sentenced on 4 July for the charge, relating to two incidents against her husband of 44 years, Graham Sandercock, in July 2010.

Exeter Crown Court heard Mr Sandercock, who is in his late 60s, had suffered from Parkinson's Disease since 1983.

Prosecutors agreed not to pursue a charge of attempted murder after Sandercock admitted the lesser charge.

Mr Sandercock is unable to walk or feed himself, the court heard.

His wife was given a Royal British Legion award in 2010 for fundraising and had taken part in several collections for sufferers of Parkinson's Disease.

Rupert Taylor, for Sandercock, asked the judge to consider a letter from another woman who was a long term carer.

Friends from her local church offered the court testimonials.

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