Terminally ill ex-soldier Colin Ballinger 'murdered by carer'

A terminally ill former soldier who had less than a year to live was murdered by his carer in the north London home they shared, a court has heard.

Colin Ballinger, 66, was house-bound after being diagnosed with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.

He relied on former partner Joyce Evans, 69, to tend to his needs, the Old Bailey heard.

He is alleged to have been murdered in July in his Islington home on New Orleans Walk, a charge Ms Evans denies.

Mr Ballinger's alcoholism was partly to blame for their relationship breakdown, but he moved into Ms Evans's north London flat the end of 2011 when he became unwell, the court heard.

Arising 'tensions'

Prosecutor Zoe Johnson said: "He was ill. But it was not until April 2012 that Mr Ballinger was told that he was dying."

His doctor gave Mr Ballinger a year to live.

He was confined to a bed in the living room and was in pain, but had expressed no desire to die or to have anyone help him end his life, the jury heard.

In the weeks leading up to Mr Ballinger's death, Ms Evans tearfully complained to the social worker about "tensions" that had arisen in the household, Ms Johnson said.

"During the course of this case, you will have to examine carefully how stressful looking after Colin Ballinger really was and how much it interfered with the defendant's life," she added.

The trial continues.

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