Woman convicted of encouraging Rutland Water suicide

A 44-year-old woman who left a man to die at Rutland Water after pulling out of a suicide pact has been convicted of encouraging him to take his own life.

Just hours after first speaking to 31 year old Matthew Birkingshaw in an online chatroom, Natasha Gordon had arranged to meet him the next day – claiming she would take her own life at the same time as him.

In December 2015 the pair travelled to Rutland where only Matthew went ahead with the agreement.

Gordon of Paston Ridings in Peterborough has been found guilty at Leicester Crown Court following a 6 day trial.

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