03/01/2013

Tony Nicklinson Family Win Right To Appeal Case

The family Tony Nicklinson, who lost a legal battle for the right-to-die, have won permission to continue his campaign and appeal against the High Court ruling.

Mr Nicklinson, 58, died at his home in Melksham, Wiltshire, in August 2012, a week after he failed in his bid to end his life with a doctor's help.

He was paralysed by a stroke in 2005 and suffered from locked-in syndrome.

His family's test case is over whether medical help can legally be provided to those seeking the right to die.

Mr Nicklinson's widow Jane pledged in September to continue her husband's fight but judges refused to make her a party to the proceedings.

The Court of Appeal has now given permission for her to challenge the High Court decision.

Mrs Nicklinson has admitted it is likely to be a long campaign, fraught with legal technicalities, but said the family was determined to continue.

(H/GK)


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