Woman to stand trial accused of assisting suicide of friend

Emma Crossman. EMN-150502-161801001
Emma Crossman. EMN-150502-161801001

A woman accused of assisting the suicide of a close friend is to stand trial in front of a jury later this year.

Amelia Caller, 22, of Heckington Road, Great Hale, denied an offence under the 1961 Suicide Act following the death of Emma Louise Crossman, 21, of Leicester Street, Sleaford, in January last year.

Caller pleaded not guilty at Lincoln Crown Court today (Thursday) to a charge of encouraging or assisting suicide between January 12 and 15 last year by providing a canister of helium gas to Miss Crossman intending to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC adjourned the case for a trial which is due to commence in May and granted Caller unconditional bail.