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BBC man Ray Gosling: my mercy killing confession got out of hand

BBC presenter Ray Gosling, who is accused of wasting police time over claims that he killed a former lover dying of Aids, has admitted that his apparent confession “got out of hand”.

Gosling (70) could be jailed for up to six months after prosecutors said they believe he lied during a documentary on death and dying.

The veteran broadcaster and gay rights campaigner recorded a programme in February in which he claimed to have smothered a friend as he lay dying in hospital.

Speaking after being summonsed by police in Nottingham, Gosling apologised but would not be drawn on whether he was telling the truth or not.

His solicitor, Digby Johnson, said Gosling was the “author of his own misfortune” and he was glad “nobody has been killed”.

Gosling said: “I'm sorry if the police think they wasted their time. It was a small item on a regional TV programme Inside Out, in the East Midlands, to my people, with whom I have had an intimate relationship.

“It got out of hand that winter evening.

“I had had a week or two talking to people who had told me of the pacts they had had — some fulfilled with wives, lovers, husbands, who were dying in pain and some told me of pacts unfulfilled.

“I did not expect it to cause this fuss. I'm not joining any cause.”

He said his confession was a “moment” with an intimate audience on the programme.

“Some people say I did it to revive a dying career. I didn't.

“I said it out of my heart, out of my feeling for people who had told me their intimate private stories, and it got out of hand.”

The decision follows a lengthy police inquiry during which he was interviewed several times on suspicion of murder. He will appear in Nottingham Magistrates Court on September 14 accused of wasting police time.

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