Debt-hit mother drowns her son
Mother from Knightscroft, New Ash Green, who drowned her 11 year old son and attempted suicide, is sentenced to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act, after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The judge said there was no doubt she deeply loved her son, but became depressed due to financial pressures.
The case has led to calls from Credit Action for more action to protect mentally vulnerable debtors.
Evening Standard 2.10.09 p1
Dartford Messenger 8.10.09 p1 and 3
Dartford Times 8.10.09 p1
Letters to Dartford Times (15.10.09) sympathise with the plight of those in debt and the mentally ill.
Posted on 04 Oct 2009 by administrator