Assisted suicide case - former partner of Emma Crossman admits not taking seriously earlier threats to kill herself

Emma Crossman.
Emma Crossman.

The former partner of a 21 year old woman who took her own life today (Wednesday) told a jury that he did not take seriously her earlier threats to kill herself.

Adrian Kemp, a 56 year old tattoo artist, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that he did not think Emma Crossman was brave enough to take her own life.

Mr Kemp, whose two year relationship with Emma ended six weeks before her death, said that her personality changed when she had been drinking.

He told the jury: “She was two totally different people. When she hadn’t been drinking she was the sweetest thing you could ever meet.

“When she was drunk she was a different person. She didn’t like herself when she was drunk. I had two names for her. When she was drunk she was Emma and when she was sober I used to call her Betty.”

He said he knew she had self-harmed in the past but told the jury: “I never thought she was seriously trying to harm herself. I think it was more a cry for attention rather than to do herself any real harm.”

Mr Kemp said after they split up she would message him 100 times a day. He said they argued in the days before her death after she posted a photograph of herself on Facebook with another man although she later removed the picture.

“We weren’t at an end. It was just awkward for me to go back to live with her,” he said.

Emma’s close friend Amelia Caller is alleged to have provided the item which Emma used to kill herself.

Amelia Caller, 22, of Heckington Road, Great Hale, denies encouraging or assisting in the suicide of Emma Crossman between 12 and 15 January 2014 in a charge brought under the 1961 Suicide Act.

The trial continues.