A British woman who tried to kill her husband has been sentenced to 15 years in jail after a spelling mistake got her busted!
55-year-old Jacqueline Patrick was really fed up with her husband, Douglas Patrick because she didn’t just try to kill him once, but twice!
Douglas, who is a London bus driver, was left fighting for his life on Christmas Day in 2013 after Jacqueline poisoned his favourite drink, she had put anti-freeze in his cherry Lambrini and gave it to him alongside a late night supper.
The Inner London Crown Court heard that after he collapsed, Jacqueline forged a note that said Mr
Patrick did not wish to be revived which she gave to paramedics. Police however realised the note had been forged when they spotted the word ‘dignity’ on it had been misspelled as ‘dignaty’. When they asked Mrs Patrick to write the word, she made the same mistake.
Reacting to the crime, police said Mr Patrick had been lucky to survive the plot:
Mr Patrick came very close to dying and while he lay in his hospital bed fighting for his life, his wife told lie after lie to cover her tracks. Perhaps most shocking of all was the note she gave to the London Ambulance Service purporting to be from her husband, stating that he did not wish to be resuscitated.
This was a calculated and well-planned plot and I am pleased Patrick admitted her crimes and her daughter also pleaded guilty to her role in encouraging her mother to act in this appalling manner. Their actions will now see them spend a considerable period behind bars.
This was the second time Jacqueline had tried to poison her 70 year old husband with anti-freeze after making a previous attempt in October 2012.