Woman charged with assisting suicide after death of friend appears in court

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A Sleaford-area woman charged with assisting suicide after the death of her friend has today appeared in court for the first time.

Amelia Caller, 22, was arrested in connection with the death of Emma Louise Crossman, 21, whose body was found at her Sleaford home in January.

Caller, who lives Great Hale, is alleged to have provided Miss Crossman with a canister of helium gas before her death on January 15.

Dressed in a black jacket and black trousers with a white blouse, Caller spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth when she appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Caller remained standing with her arms folded in front of her as the details of the charge she faces was read out by the court clerk.

The court clerk told Caller she had been charged with “Encouraging or assisting suicide contrary to section 2 (1) of the Suicide Act 1961 that on a day between 12 and 15 January 2014 you did an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide of another person, namely Emma Crossman, in that you provided a canister of helium gas to Emma Crossman and that act was intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.”

Caller did not enter a plea to the charge and was granted unconditional bail at the end of the seven minute hearing. The case was sent to Lincoln Crown Court where Caller will next appear for a preliminary hearing on October 30.

Police were called to Miss Crossman’s rented flat in Leicester Street, Sleaford, on January 15 where they discovered her body.

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 with assisting the suicide of another.

Caller is thought to be the second youngest person in Britain to be arrested and charged with the offence which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.