Woman sentenced to 15 years for poisoning husband

November 24, 2015

A British woman who tried to kill her husband by poisoning his Christmas drink was jailed for 15 years when she appeared in court on Monday.

The woman laced her husband's cherry Lambrini drink with antifreeze (an additive which lowers the freezing point of a water-based liquid).

According to the police following several arguments, Jacqueline Patrick, 55, tried twice to kill her husband Douglas, 70, in October and on Christmas Day 2013.

But a spelling mistake in a forged letter proved to be one of her big failures.

“Perhaps most shocking of all was the note she gave to the London Ambulance Service purporting to be from her husband, stating that he did not wish to be resuscitated,” said Detective Inspector Tracey Miller, of London's Metropolitan Police, in a statement.

The forged note showed a misspelling of the word dignity as “dignerty”.

Jacqueline Patrick made the same mistake when asked by the police to spell the word.

This was the final point that the police needed as they sought to find the person who attempted to murder Patrick’s husband.

The couple’s daughter Katherine, 21, was also sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to inciting her mother to poison her father, while Jacqueline pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder at the family’s south London home.

Douglas Patrick was rushed to hospital fighting for his life, and tests revealed he was suffering from antifreeze poisoning.

“His wife was informed who then told doctors she thought Mr Patrick may have drunk a blue liquid by mistake. The hospital, finding it strange that she hadn't volunteered this information earlier, called police,” said the police statement.

Mother and daughter’s mobile phones were seized and revealed a series of incriminating exchanges, including “I got the stuff I will give him some later delete txt tell no one OK”, and “He feels sick again I gave him more delete this”.

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