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CPS announces assisted suicide prosecution

CPS announces assisted suicide prosecution

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on 15th September that a 22 year old woman has been charged with assisting or encouraging suicide contrary to section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961.  The accused is the youngest person to be charged under the statute.  It is understood that the prosecution relates to the accused allegedly providing equipment aiding or assisting the suicide of her best friend, a 21 year old woman, who died in January this year. 

This latest prosecution will reignite the debate on assisted suicide.  Indeed the Assisted Dying Bill had its second reading in the committee of The House of Lords on 18th July. 

To read about the progress on the Bill click here.

Health, Suicide