Maria Clark apologises over death of mother

Maria Christine ClarkA BALLARAT woman given a suspended jail sentence for the attempted murder of her cancer-stricken mother has issued a public apology to her family.Agnes Caris, 81, died at Nazareth House on December 14, last year – days after having a stroke and going into a coma.Her daughter Maria Christine Clark, 51, pleaded guilty to her attempted murder and on Tuesday was convicted and sentenced to two years’ jail, which was suspended for two years.Yesterday, Mrs Clark apologised to her family and sent them her love.”To my family, Bill, Paul, Agnes, Gerard and their families, I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused you. I hope you all are able to enjoy the happy memories that we shared as a family and not the bad times,” she wrote in a comment posted on The Courier’s website.”Mum saw the writing on the wall and she often expressed her concern on the many drives, visits to family, shopping trips and holidays that her and I shared. I know this apology won’t cut it with some but it’s the best I can do. My love to you all.”Her post came two days after her brother Gerard said his sister had stripped their mother of “her right to rise to heaven as a total human being”.”Her dignity was taken from her from a thoughtless person who only thought of herself,” he posted on The Courier’s website.The Supreme Court at Ballarat was told Mrs Clark, a payroll clerk with the Department of Human Services, was alone with her mother, who had bowel cancer, minutes before she was pronounced dead in her nursing home room on December 14.The next day, the mother-of-three told a colleague that she had taken her mother’s last breaths by pinching her windpipe until she stopped breathing and later handed herself into police.A post-mortem examination showed Mrs Caris died from asphyxia, bowel cancer and stroke, but said there were no signs of neck compression or injuries to the neck.Mrs Clark yesterday said her actions were “out of love” for her family.”I wanted to stop their suffering and I feel sorry that they only see Mum as a body and not a spiritual person. We are our souls not our appearance,” she said.Mrs Clark thanked those that had supported her since her mother’s death and said she had drawn strength from her late parents.”Thank you to all the wonderful people that have stood by me in the past year not knowing the true situation or the feelings that I was experiencing as I watched as Mum lay there in her last days as my family endured the suffering of watching and wanting her to pass on to a better place,” she said.”I know in my heart that Mum and Dad have been watching over me in the past year and in knowing that, it has helped me get through this.”
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