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Man who tried to kill pal twice jailed.

AN alcoholic who twice tried to kill his gravely-ill friend as an act of mercy has been jailed for 20 months by a High Court judge.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall accepted that Wayne Norman had found it difficult to see Michael Bryan, 61, suffering during the final days of his life.

Nottingham Crown Court was told Norman could not go through with an initial attempt to smother his friend of more than 35 years with a cushion after he saw him waving his arms.

The 57-year-old, of Winfield Street, Rugby, also aborted a second attempt to suffocate Mr Bryan using insulating tape.

The Crown and the defence accepted that Norman's actions had not harmed Mr Bryan, who died days later of liver failure caused by hepatitis.

Norman, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, was told he must serve half of the 20-month sentence in custody.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 10, 2014
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