Wife poisoned husband’s Christmas drink with antifreeze - and her daugher helped her

PUBLISHED: 16:20 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20 14 September 2015

Jacqueline Patrick

Jacqueline Patrick


A WIFE tried to murder her husband by poisoning him with anti-freeze hidden in a Christmas drink of cherry Lambrini, a court heard.

A WIFE tried to murder her husband by poisoning him with anti-freeze hidden in a Christmas drink of cherry Lambrini, a court heard.

And not only did Jacqueline Patrick try to kill her husband Douglas – her daughter Katherine helped her.

Mr Patrick, 70, had to be placed in an induced coma at King’s College Hospital after collapsing at the family home in Durning Road, Crystal Palace, on Boxing Day 2013.

His wife showed ambulance crews a typed note, which she said he had written, asking not to be revived and to be allowed to die with dignity.

When blood tests showed he was suffering from anti-freeze poisoning, and his wife said she thought he may have drunk a blue liquid by mistake, hospital staff became suspicious and called police.

Officers raided the family home and seized mobile phones belonging to Mrs Patrick and her daughter, on which they found text messages discussing attempts to poison Mr Patrick.

When Mr Patrick regained consciousness on January 8, he told police he had not tried to kill himself and had not drunk anti-freeze. He said he had suffered a similar collapse in October which he and his wife had put down to drinking bootleg lager.

Mrs Patrick, 54, and her 21-year-old daughter were arrested the following day. Mrs Patrick admitted two counts of attempted murder in October 2013 and on Christmas Day 2013 at Inner London Crown Court last Thursday, and Katherine Patrick admitted one count of inciting another person to administer a noxious substance.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Tracey Miller said she thought Mrs Patrick had been motivated by arguments between her husband and herself and their daughters.

“Mr Patrick came very close to dying and while he lay in his hospital bed fighting for his life, his wife told lie after lie to cover her tracks,” she said.

“Perhaps most shocking of all was the note she gave to ambulance crews purporting to be from her husband, stating that he did not wish to be resuscitated.

“This was a calculated and well-planned plot.”

Both women have been bailed and will be sentenced on November 2.

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