Saturday 20 January 2018

BBC star avoids prison over mercy killing claim

A BBC presenter was spared jail yesterday after admitting he made up claims that he killed a former lover who was dying of Aids.

Ray Gosling (71) was given a 90-day suspended prison sentence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to wasting police time.

The gay rights campaigner recorded a programme shown in February in which he claimed to have smothered a friend as he lay dying in hospital.

Yesterday, he court heard that Gosling's claims wasted around 1,800 hours of police time, costing £45,000 (€53,822).

District Judge John Stobart said he would take into account Gosling's remorse. He also ordered Gosling to pay £200 (€239) towards court costs.

Irish Independent

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