This is 71-year-old William Pottinger.
William Pottinger is newly widowed, receives a monthly pension and likes betting and beer.
William Pottinger dislikes prison and feeding people, especially his wife.
On the 27th of March, 2008, William Pottinger started serving an 18-month prison sentence. During the trial, Judge Christopher Tyrer, the presiding judge in the case, described William Pottinger’s case as “horrific” and expressed his amazement that a case such as Mr. Pottinger’s could have happened in this day and age.
Obviously, the judge doesn’t read People You’ll See In Hell.
Perhaps People You’ll See In Hell should be required reading for those in public service?
Up until June of 2006, William Pottinger and his wife, Gillian Pottinger, lived together with William’s brother-in-law Andrew Flory.
William Pottinger, who has been described as psychologically unusual, watched his wife live with a condition known as Senile Squalor Syndrome, or Diogenes Syndrome. Essentially, people with that syndrome are usually elderly, have some kind of senility going on and really don’t take care of themselves.
Gillian Pottinger is believed to have started down that path in 2000, although some people believe she may have been dealing with the syndrome since the 1960′s, because her son reportedly had problems with bringing friends home after school as he was growing up.
Gillian Pottinger’s condition gradually worsened, developing into something life-threatening in 2003 when she got to the point where she either didn’t want to or was unable to leave the couch.
She could still scream, however. On two different occasions, neighbors heard Gillian Pottinger screaming and called social services. When social services arrived to see what the problem was, they were turned away with vague noises about everything being fine.
Everything really wasn’t fine.
William Pottinger’s wife problems stopped one day in June of 2006 when he came home after a night of drinking and found his wife had died while he was gone.
William Pottinger was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
According to medical experts who offered testimony, exactly why Gillian Pottinger had been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent was…unclear.
During the trial, the judge offered a decent summary of what Gillian Pottinger went through during the months that it took her to die and the callousness of her husband’s behavior:
She totally lost the ability to look after herself and she lay on a sofa and wasted away. Your wife’s suffering must have lasted months. Her death was in squalid and degrading circumstances and the distress she suffered in the months before her death does not bear thinking about. At any stage in the final months, you could have called for help, but you did not. From the outside world you continued your life as if nothing was wrong. You lived alongside her day by day. You must have realized she was utterly incapable of doing anything for herself.
Well said, Judge Christopher Tyrer. Well said.
Does William Pottinger deserve Hell?
- Yes (72%, 138 Votes)
- No - he's just a confused old man (28%, 53 Votes)
Total Voters: 191
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