Rugby man pleads guilty to attempted murder charge after repeatedly being asked by a seriously-ill friend to help end his life

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A Rugby man who twice tried to suffocate a seriously-ill friend in an attempt to assist him to commit suicide has been granted bail.

Wayne Norman appeared at Warwick Crown Court facing four charges of attempted murder between August 27 and September 4 last year.

But before the indictment was put, prosecutor Ian Willis applied to delete three of the charges.

He explained: “The Crown say and accept there were two incidents when attempts were made, but in reality it is a single course of conduct.”

And after Judge Marten Coates agreed, Norman, 57, of Winfield Street, Rugby, pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted murder.

Unrelated to Norman’s actions, his friend has since died; and, told there was a basis of plea, Judge Coates asked: “Was this done at the behest of the victim?”

When Andrew Jackson, defending, confirmed it was, the judge commented: “It’s more like an assisted suicide, isn’t it?”

Norman entered his plea on the basis that he had intended to kill his friend and had attempted to do so on two separate occasions.

On both occasions he couldn’t go through with it and stopped his actions after only a few seconds.

And he said he had done so after repeatedly being asked by his friend to end his life.

Adjourning the case, Judge Coates said there must be a pre-sentence report on Norman.

Granting him bail with conditions of residence at his home address and not contacting two named people, the judge told him: “I want you to see a probation officer who will prepare a report on you.”