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UK Woman Gets 15 Years For Poisoning Husband With Antifreeze

A British woman's inability to correctly spell the word "dignity" led to her conviction after she tried to poison her husband.

Jacqueline Patrick, 55, tried to kill her husband, Douglas, twice in 2013 by spiking his drink with antifreeze. When she failed to kill the 70-year-old in October, she tried again on Christmas Day, Reuters reports.

On Nov. 23, Jacqueline was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jacqueline conspired to kill her husband at the urging of her daughter, 21-year-old Katherine, according to the Press Association.

During the trial, prosecutors presented text messages between mother and daughter as proof of the plan: "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."

“It was hoped that the lethal dose and effects could be disguised as an adverse reaction to medication during that period or as a consequence of an attempt to take his own life," prosecutor Sam Brown said. "Douglas Patrick had no intention of harming himself and never did."

Douglas was placed in a medically induced coma, then spent a year in rehab learning to walk and speak again.

Paramedics became suspicious when Jacqueline told them Douglas might have accidentally ingested a blue liquid, BBC reports. They thought it was odd that Patrick hadn't volunteered that information to police, and contacted detectives.

Jacqueline also gave the medics a note.

"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," Detective Inspector Tracey Miller, of London's Metropolitan Police, said in a statement obtained by Reuters.

Jacqueline handed the forged note, which included the word dignity spelled as "dignaty," to paramedics who arrived to treat her husband, according to BBC. While questioning Jacqueline, detectives asked her to write the word down, and she repeated the spelling error -- a key piece of evidence in the case.

Katherine was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the plan, including convincing her mother to kill her father.

“I will never get over it," Douglas said in a statement read to the court. "It broke me. I’m just a shell now. This was a person I was married to for over 25 years. A person I loved and love."

Sources: Reuters via Yahoo, BBC, Press Association via The Guardian / Photo credit: London Metropolitan Police via BBC

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