Tragic Sally was killed by alcohol.Byline: By Aidan McGurran
A MUM drank herself to death after being wrongly jailed for killing her two sons, an inquest heard yesterday.
Sally Clark (15 August 1964 – 15 March, 2007) was a British lawyer. , 42, had more than five times the legal drink-drive level of alcohol in her blood when she died.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said there was no indication she intended to kill herself.
After the hearing, Sally's family said she never got over the "appalling miscarriage of justice A legal proceeding resulting in a prejudicial out-come.
A miscarriage of justice arises when the decision of a court is inconsistent with the substantive rights of a party. ".
Sally was jailed in 1999 for killing 11-week-old Christopher in December 1996 and eight-week-old Harry in January 1998.
At her trial, paediatrician Roy Meadows said the probability of two cot deaths was 73million-1.
He was later discredited and the real odds of a second cot death cot death
n. Chiefly British
Sudden infant death syndrome.
the unexplained sudden death of a baby while asleep
Noun 1. in a family were given as closer to 200-1.
Sally spent three years in jail before she was cleared in January 2003. Chelmsford Coroner's Court heard the "catastrophic experience" left her grief-stricken, changed her personality and led to alcoholism.
She was found dead in bed at her home in Hatfield Peverel, Essex, in March.
A post-mortem revealed 428mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Home Office pathologist Dr David Rouse concluded she died of acute alcohol intoxication Acute alcohol intoxication is synonymous with drunkenness, but context matters. The term acute alcohol intoxication is entrained in healthcare providers for use in the performance of their duties, often in emergencies. .
Sally's husband Stephen did not attend the hearing.
Angela Canning, who was also wrongly jailed for killing two baby sons, said: "The system killed her.
"She wasn't strong enough to cope with everything that happened and was totally and utterly traumatised."