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TV star quizzed over 'mercy killing'

BBC presenter Ray Gosling faced more questions today about claims that he carried out a mercy killing.

The 70-year-old was arrested after confessing on the BBC East Midlands' Inside Out programme that he smothered his unnamed partner as he lay in hospital suffering from Aids.

The seasoned journalist spent yesterday in custody at Oxclose Lane police station in Nottingham after being arrested on suspicion of murder following the programme, which aired on Monday.

Last night his solicitor Digby Johnson said: "What he is facing here is a charge for which if he is convicted the court can only pass one sentence and that is of life imprisonment and although this started as a very public comment that you would not necessarily expect to come out of your television set, it is now immensely more serious.

"He now has to take time to order his thoughts and emotions."

He said Gosling could be detained for 36 hours before police must apply to keep him for longer.

During the programme, Gosling said he smothered his partner because he was "in terrible, terrible pain".