HMA v Susanne Wilson

At the High Court in Glasgow today (9 January 2018) Lady Rae admonished Susanne Wilson after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of her husband. On sentencing Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

This is a tragic case and I trust that I made clear when I deferred sentence on 6 July 2017 that there were exceptional circumstances which led me to the conclusion that punishment would not be in the interests of justice.

Nothing has changed since that date. I should emphasise, however, that the main reason for reaching this view was your mental health at the time of the death of your husband.

 As required, you have co-operated fully with mental health services and I have before me very positive reports confirming that position. There is no reason to believe that you will not continue to access those services for as long as required. There is no suggestion that you are any risk whatsoever to the public.

 In these circumstances I am satisfied that I should bring this difficult case to a conclusion today. You are therefore admonished and dismissed.

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