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No Charges For Man Who Took Wife To Dignitas

January 25, 2012

A man has been told that he will not be prosecuted for helping his wife travel to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, where she took her life.

Aled Owen, from the Conwy Valley took wife, Janet, who had been suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), to the Dignitas clinic in 2009.

He had been waiting for nearly 18 months to hear if the Crown Prosecution Service would take action.

North Wales Police confirmed no action will be taken against him.

“I was confident nothing would happen and I wouldn’t be prosecuted,” he told BBC Wales.

“To be honest even if I had known that I was going to be prosecuted I would have done it anyway.

“Although I was pleased with the way the police handled it I think the whole process should have been shorter.”

Mrs Owen, 54, worked as a carer for people with Alzheimer’s disease.


She was diagnosed with MS in 2004 and managed to continue an active life as someone who enjoyed walking and singing before her condition began to deteriorate.

Mr Owen described his wife as a determined person who had previously made up her mind she did not want to live with a debilitating condition.

“For me it was difficult because I knew what was in store for her so it was a lose-lose situation really,” he said.

“And if I didn’t go with her she would have gone herself. She was a very determined lady.”

He said the hardest part of the “surreal” process was leaving the clinic and returning home alone which he described as “very upsetting”.

In a statement, North Wales Police said: “We can confirm that North Wales Police investigated the matter and it was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in line with national practice.

“They have reviewed the file and concluded that no no further action will be taken.”

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