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British Woman Jailed after Reconsidering Suicide

British Woman Jailed after Reconsidering Suicide

Monday, 22 January, 2018 - 06:30

A British court has given a woman a four-year jail term after she joined a man in his suicide, and then left him to die without asking for help.

A jury at the Leicester court convicted Natasha Gordon, 44, of encouraging postman Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, to commit suicide after they met via Internet when he published a letter in December 2015 saying he was seeking a "person to join him in suicide" the next day, police and the jury said.

"Gordon told Birkinshaw in emails that she also wanted to commit suicide," the Royal Prosecution Authority said.

She had arranged for an interview with Birkinshaw the next day as he requested.

Gordon and Birkinshaw went to a water tank in Rutland, in Leicester County, East Midlands. However, Gordon left Birkinshaw alone in the car as soon as it was filled with carbon monoxide and then "delayed reporting to the authorities of what had happened."

Gordon's partner, who received a letter from her saying she plans to commit suicide, told police.

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