Melksham widow’s hope in court case

Wiltshire Times: Jane and Lauren Nicklinson at court  this week Jane and Lauren Nicklinson at court this week

Melksham right-to-die campaigner Jane Nicklinson is remaining positive after her case was heard by the highest judges in the country.

Mrs Nicklinson has continued the campaign of her late husband Tony, who suffered from locked-in-syndrome following a stroke in 2005, and had campaigned to change the law on assisted suicide.

She was allowed to take on his case following his death of natural causes last year.

It has been heard all week at the Supreme Court alongside that of Paul Lamb from Leeds, who was severely paralysed after a car accident in 1990.

Mrs Nicklinson attended the first two days of the hearing, where nine judges heard evidence from both sides of the debate.

She said: “It’s difficult to tell how it’s gone, they don’t give much away.

“It’s a bit scary as you have got nine of the top judges in the country there looking down on you.”

With the support of her two daughters she has continued to campaign throughout the week, appearing on TV and in print discussing the case.

She said: “I'm hopeful. I'm confident we have done everything we can. We feel very strongly, something needs to be done.

“We’re still getting lots of support; it’s nice to know that people support what we are doing, and understand it’s not as awful as some people make out.”

The judges are expected to retire today to make their decision, but that will not be revealed until the new year.

Mrs Nicklinson said: “They have an awful lot of reading to do, and then they need to write a report, and the logistics of all nine of them getting in the same place together will be hard enough. We reckon it will be March.

“We know nothing will happen now, so we have to forget about it and try to put it behind us. The girls will be here for Christmas, and my mum’s coming down as well, so we’ll be together for that.”


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