In 1997 Casey Albury, a 17-year-old with severe behavioural problems associated with autism, was killed by her mother. Janine Albury-Thomson's defence was that she had been driven to desperation trying to get respite care for her daughter. She was sentenced to four years' jail for the manslaughter of Casey, but the Court of Appeal subsequently reduced this to 18 months, and she was freed after serving 15 months. The case raised questions about the adequacy of the help provided for parents of autistic children.
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