Police consider Dignitas death
Police are considering the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose mother took him to a controversial Swiss clinic to take his own life.
Helen Cowie told a radio chat show how she helped her son Robert, 33, commit suicide after he was left paralysed from the neck down.
Mrs Cowie, of Cardonald in Glasgow, told BBC Radio Scotland's Call Kaye programme how her son went to Dignitas in October and "had a very peaceful ending".
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman stressed that there is no investigation at present.
However, she added: "The matter is being given consideration in an effort to establish the circumstances."
Mrs Cowie said her son was once a "big fit healthy boy" who went training four times a week. He was reportedly paralysed in a swimming accident three years ago.
She said: "His life was terrible. He suffered every single day. He couldn't do anything for himself but sit there. He was just a head and just didn't want to be like that any more."
She described Monday's BBC documentary Choosing To Die, presented by author and Alzheimer's sufferer Terry Pratchett, as "brilliant" and empathised with the mother who helped her disabled son to die in the television soap Emmerdale.
She described the Dignitas experience as "wonderful, relaxed, peaceful and happy", and said her son died to strains of the Oasis song Listen Up.
She said: "We were in Zurich for four days with my three sons and his friend, and one of my sons said it was the happiest he had seen his brother in three years."