Mother talks after verdict in assisting suicide trial

Emma Crossman.
Emma Crossman.

The mother of a young sleaford woman who committed suicide has spoken to a national newspaper about her feelings towards the friend cleared of assisting in her daughter’s death.

The body of Emma Crossman, 22, was found at her terrace home in Leicester Street, Sleaford, on the morning of January 15, 2014.

Shortly afterwards, Amelia Caller, then 21, known to her friends and family as Milly, was questioned by police.

Miss Caller, 22, of Heckington Road, Great Hale, denied encouraging or assisting in the suicide of Emma Crossman between January 12 and 15, 2014, in a charge brought under the 1961 Suicide Act. It was said she helped her to purchase the means in which she killed herself.

This week a jury at Lincoln Crown Court returned a not guilty verdict.

In today’s Daily Mirror, Emma’s mum Sharon Parr, said: “At the start of the trial I was hoping Milly would be found guilty but by the end I was happy to let the jury decide.”

She said she expected to hear that Miss Caller had encouraged her daughter’s wishes but now knows this was not the case, saying she felt ‘sympathy’ towards her.

She added: “Milly just wanted her friend to be happy.

“I forgive Milly because I know how much she loved my daughter.”

Help is available for people going through tough times or experiencing suicidal thoughts via the Samaritans. You can call 08457 909090 or visit their website.