Islington carer guilty of ex-partner's manslaughter

A 69-year-old woman has been found guilty of killing her former partner who was terminally ill.

Joyce Evans strangled Colin Ballinger, 66, last July at her home in New Orleans Walk, Islington, north London.

Evans became Mr Ballinger's sole carer after he was diagnosed with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.

At the Old Bailey, Evans was cleared of murder by a jury but was convicted of manslaughter, which she denied. She is due to be sentenced on 13 May.

The court heard that Mr Ballinger moved in with Evans in 2011 after becoming unwell and was told in April 2012 that he had a year to live.

But Evans who had depression and a personality disorder found it difficult to cope and considered taking her own life by jumping off her balcony and overdosing on Mr Ballinger's morphine tablets.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Piyal Sen, told the court: "She had tried every other means to take care of the problem. She felt trapped with no way out.

"She chose to take care of it in a way which was irrational."

'Getting on my nerves'

The court heard that Evans strangled Mr Ballinger and put a Tottenham Hotspur bag and a Hamleys bag over his head to suffocate him.

She then told a neighbour: "I think I've killed Colin. He was getting on my nerves."

The jury was told that Evans had been drinking vodka on the day of the strangulation and had tried to stop paramedics reviving Mr Ballinger. He died the following day.

Evans told police her ex-partner had asked her to help him end his life, the court was told.

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