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Man faces charge of assisted attempted suicide


Elizabeth Reid, specialist prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have concluded that Kevin Howe should face one charge of assisted attempted suicide in relation to an incident on 26 May 2013 in Bishop Auckland, in which a man was severely burnt.

"It is alleged that Kevin Howe provided the injured man with the means to set himself on fire.

"Kevin Howe had previously been charged with encouraging or assisting an offence of arson with intent to endanger life. In accordance with our duty to keep all cases under review, I have now concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to replace this charge with one of assisted attempted suicide.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's guidelines on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide.

"Kevin Howe will next appear at Durham Crown Court on 9 September 2013."


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