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.