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Final bail date for assisted suicide doctor

23 February 2010

A doctor involved in the suicide of a terminally-ill cancer sufferer has had his bail extended for the fifth time in a year, Solicitors Journal has learned.

Dr Irwin paid for Raymond Cutkelvin’s flight to Zurich, where the 58-year-old took his life at the Dignitas clinic in September 2007.

His bail was last extended in November last year and expired in early January this year. He has now been asked to report to Haringey police station on 6 April.

Mr Cutkelvin’s partner, Alan Rees, who travelled with him to Zurich, was also arrested and released on bail. He too was asked to report to Haringey police station later in the day on 6 April.

Dr Irwin told Solicitors Journal that, unlike previous occasions where the police only contacted him by phone, this time he received confirmation by letter, suggesting that a final decision as to whether to prosecute would be taken.

Libby Wilson, another doctor involved in an assisted suicide case, has had her bail extended until 26 April by Surrey Police.

The DPP is due to publish final assisted suicide guidelines on 10 March. Observers expect the main distinction to be between cases of assistance, which – if truly compassionate – would not lead to prosecution, and encouragement, which would normally lead to prosecution.

In a separate development, 70-year-old TV presenter Ray Gosling was arrested on suspicion of murder by Nottinghamshire Police after he told viewers he had killed a young male partner who was dying of Aids.

Gosling said he had made a pact with the man, who he “loved to bits”, that he would not let him “linger on”.

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