Mum Would Have Been Horrified at Our Legal Ordeal after Her Suicide

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THE daughter of novelist Jane Aiken Hodge has spoken out for the first time since being cleared of helping her mother to die and called for a relaxation of the laws on assisted suicide. Professor Joanna Hodge said the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to take her and her sister, Jessica Hodge, to court was a "big relief ", but said the phrasing of the Human Rights Act needed to be changed.

She also called for Frances Inglis -- the mother who was jailed for nine years last month after injecting her brain-damaged son with a lethal heroin dose -- to be freed.

Professor Hodge, 56, said her 91-yearold mother would have been "horrified" if she had known of the six-month ordeal her daughters would have to face after she took a fatal overdose of pills.

The author of romance novels, from Lewes, East Sussex, carried a "living will" asking for her not to be resuscitated.

She was unconscious but alive for four days while four members of her family were with her. …