Sleaford-area woman, 22, appears again in court over charge of assisting suicide

Lincoln Crown Court.

Lincoln Crown Court.

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A twenty-two-year-old woman from the Sleaford area accused of assisting the suicide of a close friend has appeared again in court, with a provisional trial date now set for next year.

Amelia Caller appeared before Lincoln Crown Court today (Thursday) charged with the offence under the 1961 Suicide Act following the death of Emma Louise Crossman, 21, earlier this year.

Caller, of Heckington Road, Great Hale, faces a charge of encouraging or assisting suicide between 12 and 15 January by providing a canister of helium gas to Miss Crossman intending to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.

Today, Judge Michael Heath ordered Caller to appear back in court on Monday, December 22 for a plea and case management hearing.

Judge Heath set a provisional trial date for May 5 but warned that the date may change if a decision is made that the case has to be heard by a High Court judge.

Caller, who spoke only to confirm her identity during the nine minute hearing, was granted unconditional bail.

Caller was arrested after the body of Miss Crossman was found at a flat in the market town of Sleaford, Lincs.

Police were called to the rented property on the morning of January 15 where they discovered the body.

Paramedics tried to revive the 21-year-old but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Caller was arrested on suspicion of assisting the suicide of her friend at the time and bailed pending further police investigations.

Following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, Lincolnshire Police last month charged Caller.