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Locked-in man begins legal battle for right to die

A man with locked-in syndrome has begun legal action, asking the director of public prosecutions to clarify the law on so-called mercy killing.

Tony Nicklinson, 56, wants his wife to be allowed to help him die without the risk of being prosecuted for murder.

Mr Nicklinson can communicate by blinking or nodding his head at letters on a board but his lawyers say he is "fed up with life" and does not wish to spend the next 20 years in this condition.

Fergus Walsh reports.

  • 19 Jul 2010
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