OAP accused of wife’s murder died before his trial

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Glasgow Sheriff Court

A pensioner who was on remand for allegedly murdering his wife died in hospital of heart disease, a fatal inquiry has heard this week.

Neil Clark (86) was a patient at Glasgow Royal Infirmary at the time of his death on July 15, last year.

He collapsed while on the toilet and was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem showed Mr Clark died of an enlarged heart caused by heart disease.

After a mandatory fatal accident inquiry yesterday (Tuesday) at Glasgow Sheriff Court because Mr Clark was in custody, sheriff Linda Ruxton made a formal finding.

She said Mr Clark’s death was “sudden but by no means unexpected”.

The sheriff added: “There are no matters of public concern connected with Mr Clark’s death.”

The hearing was told the pensioner appeared on petition at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on June 12, 2014 for allegedly murdering his wife Francine the previous day.

Mr Clark was arrested after the body of his 70-year-old wife, Francine, was discovered at their house in Bearsden.

He never appeared at any subsequent court hearings because of his health and ultimate death.

He made no plea or declaration and was taken into custody at Low Moss prison.

On June 18, he was found unresponsive in his cell and admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was diagnosed with end stage heart failure.

The inquiry heard that Mr Clark made it clear if the situation arose, he did not wish to be resuscitated.

And on July 15, after lunch, he collapsed on the toilet while being assisted by two members of staff.

He was pronounced dead shortly after.