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One woman charged with encouraging or assisting suicide


Emma Crossman died on 15 January 2014, having taken her own life using equipment that had allegedly been bought for her by her friend Milly Caller. The CPS has today [15 September 2014] charged Milly Caller with encouraging or assisting suicide.

Rosemary Ainslie, a senior lawyer at the CPS said: "In July 2014 the CPS received a file concerning allegations in relation to the actions of Milly Caller, 22, from Sleaford, in the suicide of Emma Crossman, a 21 year old woman from Lincolnshire.

"Having carefully reviewed the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS has decided that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and that a prosecution is in the public interest. Accordingly I have today authorised the police to charge Milly Caller with one charge of encouraging or assisting suicide in that she provided equipment to Emma Crossman with the intent of encouraging or assisting suicide.

"Milly Caller will appear before Lincoln Magistrates' Court on 16 October 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Milly Caller will now be commenced and of her right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Details of the full charge:

Amelia Caller

  • Encouraging or assisting suicide, contrary to section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961.
    On a day between 12 January 2014 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 equipment to Emma Crossman, and that act was intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.


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