Change ‘unsafe’ law on assisted dying, says ex police chief – The Independent

Posted January 3rd, 2012 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, news, reports by tracey

“The law on assisted dying is ‘incoherent and unsafe’ and must be changed, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner Ian Blair warns today, ahead of a landmark report on helping the terminally ill to take their own lives.”

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The Independent, 1st Janaury 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Wiltshire ‘right to die’ man seeks High Court ruling – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2011 in disabled persons, euthanasia, immunity, news by sally

“A severely disabled man from Wiltshire is to ask the High Court to allow a doctor to end his life.”

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BBC News, 29th November 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

W v M and others – WLR Daily

Posted September 30th, 2011 in euthanasia, law reports, medical treatment by tracey

W v M and others [2011] EWHC 2443 (Fam);  [2011] WLR (D)  283

“Pursuant to section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 it was not in the best interests of a patient diagnosed as being in a minimally conscious state to authorise the withdrawal of all life sustaining treatment including nutrition and hydration by artifical means (‘ANH’).”

WLR Daily, 28th September 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘M’ and the law: a difficult case heard in the right court – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2011 in Court of Protection, euthanasia, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by tracey

“A brain-damaged woman’s family didn’t get the judgment it wanted, but in the past it was more painful for such cases even to be brought.”

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The Guardian, 29th September 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brain-damaged woman should not be allowed to die, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2011 in euthanasia, families, medical ethics, medical treatment, news by sally

“A brain-damaged, minimally-conscious woman should not be allowed to die, a high court judge has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Wife-killing Yorkie advert man walks free from court – BBC News

Posted September 23rd, 2011 in diminished responsibility, euthanasia, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who appeared in the original Yorkie chocolate bar adverts has walked free from court after he admitted killing his terminally-ill wife.”

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BBC News, 23rd September 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Yorkie advert star admits killing terminally-ill wife – BBC News

“The star of the original Yorkie chocolate bar adverts has admitted killing his terminally-ill wife.”

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BBC News, 28th July 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

High Court judge gives brain-damaged sister right to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2011 in euthanasia, families, health, news by tracey

“A woman today broke down in tears yesterday she asked a High Court judge to allow her brain-damaged sister to die.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Suicide drugs could be made available over the counter if euthanasia laws are changed – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 5th, 2011 in euthanasia, news, pharmacists by sally

“Suicide drugs could be made available from pharmacists if assisted dying was legalised, two of Britain’s most highly-regarded legal and medical experts have claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother seeks to let daughter with brain damage die – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2011 in euthanasia, news by sally

“The mother of a brain-damaged woman has asked a judge to allow her daughter’s life support to be switched off, in the latest of a series of controversial cases to come before one of the country’s most powerful courts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Edward Chopping spared jail for manslaughter of wife – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2011 in elderly, euthanasia, homicide, married persons, news, sentencing by sally

“An 84-year-old man from east London who killed his wife so she did not have to go to a care home has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

OAP spared jail over wife’s death – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2011 in elderly, euthanasia, homicide, married persons, news, sentencing by sally

“A frail 84-year-old who killed his ailing wife after becoming terrified that she would be taken into a care home wept as he was spared jail today.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

NHS chiefs back calls to reform assisted suicide law – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 24th, 2011 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, hospitals, news by sally

“One of England’s largest health authorities has said it is not opposed to assisted suicide and called for a change in the law to give patients more ‘choice’ over how they die.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pensioner cleared of murdering wife in mercy killing – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2010 in diminished responsibility, euthanasia, homicide, murder, news by sally

“A pensioner who smothered his 75-year-old wife in a “mercy killing” has been jailed for two years.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The law on mercy killing is badly in need of an overhaul – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2010 in assisted suicide, attempted murder, attempts, euthanasia, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“The mandatory life sentence for murder is unknown in other countries and distorts the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Inglis – WLR Daily

Regina v Inglis [2010] EWCA Crim 2637; [2010] WLR (D) 289

“When determining the minimum specified term to be served by an individual who genuinely believed that the murder she had committed constituted an act of mercy, the facts that there had been a significant degree of planning or premeditation, that the victim had been particularly vulnerable because of disability and that there had been abuse of a position of trust should not be taken to be aggravating factors.”

WLR Daily, 15th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Mother who killed brain damaged son loses appeal – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2010 in appeals, euthanasia, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A mother who gave her severely disabled son a lethal heroin injection to end his ‘living hell’ lost her appeal against her life sentence for murder today, but has had her sentenced reduced to five years.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mother challenges conviction for murdering son – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2010 in appeals, attempted murder, attempts, euthanasia, murder, news by sally

“A mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection to end his ‘living hell’ challenges her conviction today.”

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The Independent, 20th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over TV confession – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 16th, 2010 in Crown Prosecution Service, euthanasia, murder, news, wasting police time by sally

“The guilty plea today by Ray Gosling shows he now accepts that he put Nottinghamshire Police to a lot of unnecessary effort investigating a fake allegation of murder, said Crown Prosecution Service senior lawyer Simon Clements.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BBC’s Ray Gosling sentenced for wasting police time – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2010 in euthanasia, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, wasting police time by sally

“A BBC presenter who admitted wasting police time after claiming on air that he smothered his dying lover has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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BBC News, 14th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk