Ham & High news round-up: Family speaks after woman dies following lethal injection in Swiss clinic

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The front page story this week is about former Hampstead teacher Elizabeth Coulouris, who ended her life at a Swiss clinic as she could not cope with the pain of old age.

She was not suffering from a terminal illness, but could no longer bear conditions including arthritis.

Her brother and niece have spoken movingly about Mrs Coulouris’ final journey.

In other news, a fugitive mother accused by a High Court judge of torturing her own children and forcing them to invent allegations of a Satanic child abuse ring has lost an appeal.

Ella Draper’s legal representatives claim she fled the country because she “panicked”.

This week’s edition also covers a coroner’s criticism of a mental health trust following the death of popular Camden hairdresser Michael Dickson.

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He was found dead at his Bayham Street flat in February.

In an inquest last week, the court heard he had failed to attend a meeting, but the trust did not follow it up – a claim it denies.

The Ham & High also reports on the CPS apologising after a case against a man accused of stealing equipment from a Hampstead school collapsed.

A lapse in communication at the CPS meant their prosecuting lawyer did not realise – in the middle of the trial – that the school’s headteacher was not available to give evidence.

There is also a report about a series of blunders, which could see plans to build a world-class medical centre in the heart of Hampstead dragged through the High Court.

For all that and more, pick up a copy of the Ham & High, on sale now.