Suicide pact husband who slit his ill wife’s throat ‘killed her with love’

A husband who had a suicide pact with his sick wife has spoken out after slitting her throat.

In a desperate pact, Graham Mansfield, 73 said "I killed her with love" after being handed a suspended sentence.

He appeared at Manchester Crown Court after being convicted of the manslaughter of his 71-year-old wife Dyanne, but walked free.

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Graham's wife was informed she had stage four lung cancer in October 2020, which was just weeks after they'd celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

The suicide pact was first raised when they returned home from the hospital, reports The Mirror.

The retired baggage handler told the Manchester Evening News how he slit her throat in March last year but then in the pact, unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide himself.

If things got 'too bad', Dyanne asked her husband if he would be willing to kill her.

He agreed 'on one condition', Graham said "I would have to go with her. I said 'I can't live without you Dyanne'.

"In a funny way it gave me strength. I knew I was dying as well. I could focus on that."

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On March 22, they drove to Buxton and Macclesfield to find a 'quiet' and 'convenient' place to carry out the pact, but instead decided to use their garden the following day.

Graham had already begun making preparations. He'd cancelled the papers, the milk delivery and the window cleaner, emptied the freezer and tidied the house.

Their last night together was spent 'crying and telling each other how much we loved one another'.

At around 5pm the next day Dyanne had a glass of red wine, while Graham had a can of lager and a whisky and lemonade.

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It was cold so they both put their coats on and, after Graham had locked up the house on Canterbury Road, they made their way down to the bottom of the garden where two chairs were arranged next to each other.

He asked 'Are you ready?', to which his wife replied 'Yes, I won't make a noise'. He then walked behind the chair she was sat in and slit her throat with a Stanley knife.

Sat overlooking the same garden, Graham broke down in tears as he recalled that horrific moment.

He said: "It went against every fibre of my body.

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"I ran round to the front of the chair. I said 'What have I done?' I sat next to her, put my arm round her and told I loved her."

Graham then tried to take his own life, but passed out before waking up in the kitchen the next morning.

He called 999, was arrested and told police everything.

A note left nearby addressed to police read: "We have decided to take our own lives."

Graham was eventually charged with murder, which he denied.

At Manchester Crown Court the judge, jurors took 90 minutes to return the unanimous verdict following a four day trial.

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The judge sentenced him to a two year suspended prison sentence after saying he was 'entirely satisfied' that Graham had acted out of 'love' and 'compassion' towards his spouse.

But Graham, who admits to feeling 'elation' when the sentence was passed, doesn't believe the case should have got to court in the first place.

He has called for euthanasia to be legalised in the UK and said if the Covid lockdown hadn't stopped international travel they would have considered going to Dignitas in Switzerland.

Graham said: "We have done nothing wrong. We didn't need permission from other people. It was our decision. I killed her with love.

"If someone is terminally ill, if they're in pain, what's wrong with saying I don't want to live any more? [Euthanasia] is a humane and sensible way to do things.

"The law meant we had to resort to this barbaric method."

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