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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
'Curry poisoning' trial collapses
David and Susan Shervill
David Shervill said claims against his wife Susan were 'rubbish'
The trial of a woman accused of plotting to poison her husband's curry has collapsed at Swansea Crown Court.

Judge John Diehl ruled there was no case to answer against Susan Shervill, 46, of Swansea, who denied soliciting the murder of her husband David.

But she admitted making a threat to kill, and the judge continued with the hearing to determine if, in his view, she had intended to kill her husband.

The hearing was adjourned and he will announce his ruling on Thursday.

He said his ruling could make "a world of difference" to the sentence she received.

It is likely sentencing will be adjourned to allow time for probation officers to provide a report into her background.

The trial had heard secret recordings of the supermarket manager allegedly plotting to poison her husband's curry with ecstasy tablets.

Judge Diehl discharged the jury after they formally returned a not guilty verdict on the original charge of soliciting Shervill's colleague Tyler Davies to provide her with tablets, to murder her husband.

The jury had heard how detectives fitted a tape recorder to Mr Davies.

Loved his wife

It captured Shervill, the manager of the Lidl store in Llanelli, asking him to provide her with lethal tablets which she would grind into a curry for her disabled husband.

But Shervill insisted that all along she had planned to kill herself and not her husband.

She feared that if she told Mr Davies the truth he would not give her the tablets.

She was arrested in March this year and admitted to the conversation that had been recorded before she was aware it had been taped.

She told police that she had wanted the drug for herself so she could commit suicide.

Giving evidence, Mr Shervill told the jury he loved his wife and dismissed suggestions that she tried to kill him.

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