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Suicide not ruled out in Sally death.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Suicide has not been ruled out as the cause of death of solicitor Sally Clark, who was wrongly jailed for the murder of her two sons.

A Home Office pathologist will carry out a post mortem examination tomorrow on the body of Mrs Clark, 42, who was found dead at her home in Essex, on Friday. An ambulance was sent but nothing could be done to save her.

She had been found guilty of the murder of her sons - eight-week-old Harry and 11-week-old Christopher - following a trial at Chester Crown Court in 1999.

But she was cleared by the Court of Appeal in 2003 following one of the most high-profile legal cases of recent times.

Essex Police refused to speculate yesterday on the possible cause of her death. Sources said they were keeping an open mind at this stage but suicide was not being ruled out.

Sue Stapeley, the Clark family's solicitor, said it would be 'very unwise to speculate' on the cause of death but she was not 'in the best of health'.

Mrs Clark's children died within 14 months of each other. Jurors had to decide whether the deaths were natural.

The expert evidence of paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow was a focal point throughout Mrs Clark's trial and appeal.

He told jurors the probability of two natural unexplained cot deaths in the family was 73 million to one.

The figure was disputed by the Royal Statistical Society and other medical experts who said the odds of a second cot death in a family were about 200 to one.

Mrs Clark served more than three years in jail.

Her family said she 'never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice'.

'Sally, a qualified solicitor, was a loving and talented wife, mother, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed,' their statement said yesterday.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 18, 2007
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