ASSISTED SUICIDE CASE: Jury told Milly Caller ‘did not have the strength of personality to stop it’

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Jurors in the trial of the 22 year old Lincolnshire women accused of assisting the suicide of her best friend were today (Tuesday) urged to consider whether the defendant genuinely believed her mate would take her own life.

Amelia Caller is alleged to have bought the item that her 21 year old friend Emma Crossman used to take her own life in January of last year.

Caller’s barrister Michael Cranmer-Brown, in his closing speech to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court, told them the evidence was that Caller suffers from a personality disorder.

He said “Here is a girl who does not function like the rest of us. She was an exceptionally, abnormally timid person.

“She did not have the strength of personality to stop it happening even though it may have been the last thing she wanted.

“You have got to look at what she thought at the time. Did she genuinely believe that it was a virtual certainty that her friend was going to try to take her own life?”

The prosecution say that by purchasing the item used and discussing the detail of what was going to happen on Facebook Caller is guilty of assisting suicide.

Prosecuting barrister Mark McKone urged the jury to return a guilty verdict on the basis that Caller acted out of misguided loyalty to Miss Crossman.

He said “The prosecution do not say that Amelia Caller wanted Emma to die. We accept that Milly thought the world of Emma.

“But we say that it is clear that Milly played a full part in supplying the item to Emma and that item killed Emma.”

Amelia Caller, 22, of Heckington Road, Great Hale, Lincs, denies 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.