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BBC presenter lied about killing male lover

Sun 22 Aug 2010 In: International News View at Wayback

Ray Gosling BBC presenter Ray Gosling will be prosecuted for wasting police time over his claim he killed a male lover. The 70-year-old was arrested and questioned for 30 hours after he apparently confessed to smothering a man in hospital as he lay dying of AIDS-related complications. The confession came in a BBC Inside Out documentary which was broadcast in February. A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokeswoman has toldthe Daily Telegraph said there is now "sufficient evidence" to prove he was lying. Helen Allen said Nottinghamshire Police have been informed Gosling should be prosecuted for wasting police time. "Mr Gosling was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police on suspicion of murder following his appearance in a television programme in which he confessed to killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS." "He was interviewed several times by the police and detectives conducted an extensive investigation into the allegation." "The police established that there was sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of proving that Mr Gosling's confession was false and asked the CPS to consider whether he should be prosecuted for wasting police time, given the amount of work they had to carry out to establish what had happened." "After careful consideration of all the evidence I decided that Mr Gosling should be prosecuted for wasting police time and advised the police to obtain a summons to that effect." He will appear in court on September 14.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 22nd August 2010 - 2:38pm

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