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Woman who killed two men jailed
A woman who killed two men with methadone overdoses has been jailed for 10 years.

Kathleen McCluskey, 42, a drug addict who was nicknamed "the Black Widow", was convicted in December 2002 of the manslaughter of artist Mohammad Assadi, 44, and day care assistant Marvin Brodie, 32.

Their deaths, nearly a year apart in August 1999 and June 2000, came about when McCluskey, of Cambridge, supplied them with the substance, which is prescribed as a heroin substitute.

On Wednesday, at the High Court Mr Justice Moses sentenced McCluskey following the earlier trial at Norwich Crown Court.

He said that in each case the jury was sure the drug was not taken in the exercise of a fully voluntary choice.

Mohammed Assadi
Mr Assadi died of a heroin and alcohol overdose

McCluskey showed no emotion as she received a sentence of four years in relation to Mr Assadi's death and six years in relation to Mr Brodie.

Mr Justice Moses said: "You have had a sad life.

"I bear in mind the effect that drugs have had on you.

"Nevertheless, although you have a borderline personality disorder, I have to take into account that you have shown little compassion or remorse for the deaths of these two men."

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Craig, who led Operation Falstaff which investigated McCluskey, said he was "very pleased" she had been jailed for 10 years.

Although you have a borderline personality disorder...you have shown little compassion or remorse for the deaths of these two men.
Mr Justice Moses

He said of the victims' relatives: "Although today's sentence will not bring their loved ones back, they may now take some small comfort from the knowledge that Kathleen McCluskey will spend many years in prison.

"I would like to thank all those who gave assistance to the investigation including the families, friends, members of the public who came forward with information and of course my colleagues."

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