Manslaughter verdict in Louise Scollay trial

February 13, 2014 | By More

High Court-panoply1The family of Guy Christian Scollay say they hold no animosity towards his wife Lucille Sarah Scollay who was found guilty of his manslaughter at her trial this afternoon.

The jury in the High Court at Christchurch had retired for about three hours when it returned its verdict of guilty of manslaughter at the end of the three-day trial.

Lucille Scollay, 45, reacted with a “Thank you” to the jury as the verdict was read. She was remanded for sentence on March 13, in custody. In the meantime, the defence may seek the judge’s approval for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

The jury found her not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

She had admitted the stabbing of her reclusive husband after a marriage blighted by drug addiction and phobia over 20 years, when she returned to their Edgeware Road home after a night drinking with a friend on February 10, 2013.

She had snapped from the disappointments of a life she saw as miserable for both of them, the defence said. She would accept a verdict of manslaughter, but she pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

The jury announced its verdict finding her not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The families made a joint statement, through the police, straight after the delivery of the verdict.

It said that Guy Scollay’s family held no animosity towards Lucille Scollay for this tragedy.

“The family of Lucille Scollay are deeply saddened,” it stated. “A son is lost, a wife has lost her husband, and a young man will now have to be without both his father and mother. Both families request privacy.”

Defence counsel Rupert Glover said there was no issue about Louise Scollay being remanded in custody pending sentence. “She is accustomed to the idea that she’s going to be in custody for some time,” he said.

Rupert Glover and April Kelland appeared for Scollay. Catherine Butchard and Mark Zarifeh appeared for the Crown.

The trial was before Justice Cameron Mander.

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