The children of a retired chartered surveyor who committed suicide after being charged with his arthritic wife\’s murder have criticised the legal system for punishing their father\’s \”act of love\”.
I know this sounds rather callous but the man did admit to police to killing his wife: in a pre-meditated manner.
Thus he should be tried for murder.
For we do in fact have a system to decide between what is murder and what is mercy killing. Might not be quite written down there in the law books but we do have one.
Called \”a jury\”.
It\’s those twelve good and true who get to decide. And that\’s why those who kill should go to trial. So that they system we already have can decide whether it was murder or not.
Entirely true that \”mercy killing\” is not a verdict that the jury can bring in. But \”not guilty of murder\” is.