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01:49 | 13th December 2017

News: UK

Tue 16 Feb, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Maybe this is the time to share a secret that I have kept for quite a long time. I killed someone once… He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids.

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An investigation has begun after a veteran BBC presenter announce live on air that he assisted his partner to die as he suffered from AIDS.
Ray Gosling, 70, revealed on BBC’s East Midlands Inside Out Programme that he smothered his partner with a pillow as he lay in the hospital in pain.
The revelation came during a feature on the programme talking about end-of-life decisions. Gosling said in the interview, which was broadcast of Monday at 7.30, whilst walking through a graveyard:
“Maybe this is the time to share a secret that I have kept for quite a long time.

I killed someone once… He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids.”
“When you love someone, it is difficult to see them suffer. We’d got an agreement, if it got worse, the pain, and nobody could do anything. He was in terrible pain, I was there and I saw it. It breaks you into pieces.”
“In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said, ’There’s nothing we can do’, and he was in terrible, terrible pain.
“I said to the doctor, ’Leave me just for a bit’ and he went away. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.
“The doctor came back and I said, ’He’s gone’. Nothing more was ever said.”
Nottingham Police released a statement after the revelations were revealed on air. A spokesperson for the force said: “We were not aware of Mr Gosling’s comments until the BBC Inside Out programme was shown.
“We are now liaising with the BBC and will investigate the matter.”
The BBC have said that they will continue to co-operate fully with Nottingham police as they investigate the matter.
The freelance presenter, who has presented hundreds of radio and TV documentaries in his day, stands by the fact that he has no regrets for his actions
He was interviewed again on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, where he said: “Sometimes doctors do it on their own. Sometimes people do it on their own.
“And if it happens to a lover or friend of yours, a husband, a wife, and I hope it doesn’t, but when it does sometimes you have to do brave things and you have to say – to use Nottingham language – bu**er the law.”

 

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