Ireland - Gail O'Rorke not guilty of aiding best friend's suicide

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    An Irish woman charged with assisting her best friend (and whom she was a carer for) to commit suicide has been acquitted in a Dublin court today.

    43-year-old Gail O'Rorke had already been cleared of two counts under Ireland's Criminal Law Suicide Act, (the first case since the Act was passed in 1993) but was left with the charge of attempting to help Bernadette Forde, 51, travel to the Dignitas clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, to commit suicide. Bernadette had been suffering with Multiple Sclerosis for 10 years, which had been exacerbated by a car accident in 2008. She took her own life with an overdose of medication in June 2011. O'Rorke had earlier been cleared of ordering the medication online, from Mexico.

    O'Rorke had visited a travel agent to book the trip to Zurich for her friend in 2011, and openly told the agent why. The agent had informed police and the trip was stopped. After Bernadette's suicide, charges were brought.

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  2. Tawny

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    Wow. I can't imagine what this is like for anyone involved...

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