Jury out in trial of Barking carer who admitted suffocating MS father

Claire Darbyshire was found guilty this morning

Claire Darbyshire was found guilty this morning - Credit: Archant

The jury in the trial of a transgender carer who suffocated her father in an alleged suicide pact spent has today retired to consider its verdict.

Claire Darbyshire, 36, admits killing Brian, 67, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, at their home in Wykeham Green, Dagenham, on September 2.

The next evening, she was found wandering around the cliffs of Dover shivering and wet and asking for help.

Jurors at the Old Bailey were told that Darbyshire denied murder, saying it was a “suicide pact” because her father’s MS had become “intolerable” and with him gone, she would have nothing to live for.

The Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC sent the jury out to begin deliberations this morning.