A HUSBAND has been charged with helping his wife take her own life, a Huddersfield inquest heard.
But the hearing was told that Michael Bateman would not face homicide charges after the death of his 62-year-old wife Catherine.
An inquest in Huddersfield yesterday heard how Mr Bateman, of Monk Ings, Birstall, has been charged with aiding and abetting after his wife, Catherine, died on October 20 this year.
Coroner’s officer Alan Amos told the inquest Mrs Bateman had been suffering from undiagnosed pains for years.
He said she had contemplated taking her own life and her family had researched suicide methods on the internet.
They had thought about going to Switzerland to consult with Swiss assisted dying group Dignitas, but Mrs Bateman had changed her mind.
He added: "On October 20 Mrs Bateman decided to end her life.
"She sent her son Richard out and she and her husband made arrangements to end her life."
Mr Amos said Mrs Bateman then committed the final act by using a plastic bag and helium gas.
The family doctor certified the death and Richard Bateman later identified her body.
Det Insp Sukbir Singh said: "Mr Bateman had assisted his wife.
"Mr Bateman was arrested for aiding and abetting.
"Mr Bateman was interviewed and he was released on bail."
Det Insp Singh said the Crown Prosecution Service were currently assessing the case and Mr Bateman would not be charged with homicide.
Coroner Roger Whittaker adjourned the inquest until criminal proceedings have finished. He released Mrs Bateman’s body to be cremated in Dewsbury.