An elderly man from Stockport who killed his ill wife in an “act of mercy” has been given a suspended sentence for manslaughter

An elderly man from Stockport who killed his ill wife in an “act of mercy” has been given a suspended sentence for manslaughter.

84 year old Lawrence Franks, of Frances Road in Gatley, admitted striking Patricia, who had severe dementia, with an iron pole as she sat in bed after she did not recognise him.

He then called 999 to confess, before phoning his niece to say he had put the 86-year-old “out of her misery”.
He received a two-year suspended prison sentence at Manchester Crown Court.

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