Prison for friend who aided suicide
Saturday 25 July 1992
Cardiff Crown Court was told how Colin Lewis smoked a cigarette then drove home as his friend's body lay broken in the dark 150ft (45 metres) beneath the Pontsarn Viaduct near Merthyr Tydfil, Mid-Glamorgan.
Lewis, 32, a video store manager of Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, denied murder but admitted aiding and abetting Stuart Jones, 28, to commit suicide last January.
Mr Jones, a hospital porter who suffered bouts of depression, died from multiple injuries. His body was found the next day.
Detectives treated the death as suicide until Lewis walked into a police station four days later and told them: 'I killed him.'
Christopher Pitchford QC, for the prosecution, said Mr Jones, who lived in Cardiff, had asked Lewis 'on more than one occasion' to push him off a bridge.
The barrister said Lewis told police he had pushed Mr Jones but subsequently claimed he had tried to save him.
The Crown accepted Lewis's denial of murder but, jailing him for aiding in suicide, Mr Justice Scott Baker said: 'Had you been a true friend you would have tried to stop him rather than help him.'
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 Facebook 'self-censorship': study records when you don't post to find more ways to share
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Vitamin pills are a waste of money, offer no health benefits and could be harmful - study
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
£100 - £125 per day + Negotiable on role: Randstad Education London: Are you f...
£21000 - £30000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: A full time teacher job a...
£125 - £135 per day + Long Term Roles are negotiable: Randstad Education Londo...
£125 - £135 per day + negotiable for long term roles: Randstad Education Londo...