Don’t send mercy killer Ian to jail
Community backs husband who killed wife
The community is backing the painter and decorator facing jail for the “devotion killing” of his wife. A campaign is growing for Ian Gordon NOT to be locked up for smothering his terminally ill wife Tricia, 63, with her pillow. Ian, 67, has already beaten the murder charge the Crown insisted on pursuing to trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Now friends and neighbours are calling for leniency as Ian is allowed out on bail again before sentence next month. Emergency teams were called to his former council terrace in North Drive, Muirhead, Troon, at 7.10am on April 28 last year. A paramedic found him lying on the bed stroking Tricia’s face. And he then told a police sergeant: “I put a pillow over her head to finish her off. We made a pact that I’d help her out. That was at 3am. It took a minute.
“No matter what happens now I loved my wife all the years I was with her. We had a pact she would not go into hospital again. She is now free.”
Neighbours are now hoping Ian will also go free when he appears at the High Court in Edinburgh for sentence.
One said: “I hope justice prevails. There was no malice in this case, only love. And it will protect or punish nobody by locking him up.”
Councillor Phil Saxton has spoken to Ian, an old friend, when he called at his home during the council election in May.
He is calling on the judge for leniency because of the unique circumstances of the case.
Councillor Saxton said: “I actually first got to know Gary Gordon, as we all called him then, as he was the milkman and I was the milk boy in the early seventies.
“I have so much admiration for him, he was dedicated to his wife and family, there is no doubt about that.
“He was very well liked in Troon and nobody would have a word said against him.
“He grew up in Troon and was going out with Tricia back in the seventies.
“I hope the judge is lenient. He only did this because of his love and devotion to his wife.”
Ian established his painting business in 1978 and built a reputation as an honourable and skilled tradesman.
Only in recent years was he turning down jobs as he cared for smoker Tricia, who was succumbing to lung cancer.
She’d given up her career as a shorthand typist 11 years ago due to ill health.
On Friday Ian was cleared of her murder after prosecutor Ian McSporran withdrew the charge after hearing from the couple’s daughter Gail Whyte, 46.
Right from the start Ian had offered a guilty plea to culpable homocide, which was finally accepted.
Mr McSporran said the motheroftwo suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease as a result of being a long- term smoker.
He added: “The couple’s children Gail and her younger brother Gary and the brother and sister of Mrs Gordon all describe them as devoted to one another, and Mr Gordon as a man who loved, and would do anything for his wife.”
“The findings at post mortem and the accused’s position to the police would support an account that when the intolerable pain next returned Mrs Gordon decided that she would end her life by taking an overdose of pain relief medication, which would have been capable of killing her.
“There is no evidence of a formal ‘ pact’ other than his promise to his wife that she would not die alone in hospital.”