Don’t send mercy killer Ian to jail

Com­mu­nity backs hus­band who killed wife

Ayrshire Post - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Hous­ton

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.”

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