Peterborough man jailed after trying to kill own mum in apparent euthanasia bid

A man has been jailed for eight years after attempting to kill his own mother in an apparent euthanasia bid.

Friday, 10th May 2019, 3:43 pm

Mark Calvert Elliott, (54), of Wingfield, Orton Goldhay, denied he was trying to kill his 82-year-old mother on 9 October, despite attempting to suffocate her.

A 999 call came in from Calvert Elliott at about 11.15pm to say he had just tried to commit euthanasia on his mother by suffocating her with his hands.

He told officers how he wanted to send his mother, who is bedridden after a serious stroke several years ago, “to a better place”.

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He was arrested and later charged with attempted murder, however in court he denied he was going to fully go through with the act.

On 28 March a jury at Peterborough Crown Court returned a unanimous guilty verdict following a three-day trial.

Detective Sergeant Rob Sansom said: “This was a truly sad case, however Calvert Elliott’s actions could have resulted in his mother losing her life and that decision was not his to make. Thankfully the victim’s daughter and son-in-law entered the room when the incident was taking place and the victim has not sustained any long-lasting injuries as a result of this.”

Today (Friday, 10 May) Calvert Elliott appeared at The Old Bailey in London for sentencing. On top of his prison sentence he has been made subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his mother or visiting her address until further notice.