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mansbodygaragenorthwood6A 52-year-old Island man arrested on suspicion of assisting a suicide back in March of this year will face no further action as the case against him is dropped by Police.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Police were called to a property on Green Lane off Medham Farm Lane in Northwood on 2nd March where the body of 72-year-old William Maguire was found in a garage.

A criminal investigation into the death was immediately launched which resulted in the arrest of a 52-year-old man, who was questioned for two days before being bailed.

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Hampshire Constabulary have this week confirmed that the case against the 52-year-old has been dropped meaning no further action will be taken.

Island Echo understands Mr Maguire suffered from Motor Neurone Disease. MND was featured on the BBC 1 drama Casualty just days before his death.

The subject of assisting dying remains a hot topic and a Bill went before the House of Commons today (Friday), but was rejected by MPs. The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, said on Wednesday he would be voting against the Bill.

Speaking today on the news that the attempt to introduce assisted suicide in the House of Commons had been defeated, Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) who serves as a Trustee of the Right To Life Charitable Trust, says:

“Thanks be to God and an awful lot of hard work behind the scenes, the Bill was not just defeated, but resoundingly defeated. If this result truly reflects the views of the current House of Commons, and we have every reason to believe it does, then there is a good prospect that with vigilance and determination we will hold the line for the duration of this five year Parliament. It’s a great result for the sick, the elderly and the vulnerable for whom a right to die would soon have become a perceived duty to die had the Bill made progress today.

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“I’m particularly grateful to the Island MP, Andrew Turner, who had the courage of his convictions to stand up for care, not killing; for compassion not callousness; and for palliative medicine not poison in our approach to the dying.”

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