Mother faces trial for alleged attempt at mercy killing

After the suppression of an assisted suicide debate in Cork, a new twist in the UK. It’s the case of Kathleen Gilderdale, charged with the attempted murder of her daughter Lynn, a chronic ME sufferer. I’m not sure about this, but this may the first time a campaigner for a better understanding of the clinical basis of this condition has been so charged. The ME Association reports the legal move without comment. The case doesn’t seem to be covered by the terms of the Joffe Bill on assisted suicide, as no suggestion has appeared that Lynn gave her consent to end her life. That would explain the charge of attempted murder.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London