The TV journalist Ray Gosling was arrested this morning after admitting on camera that he had carried out a mercy killing on a gay lover who was suffering in the terminal stages of AIDS.
In an emotional statement, the 70 year old confessed that he fulfilled a pact made with his victim by smothering him with a pillow. As murder remains a criminal offence in the UK, the journalist was taken into custody by police, but not before stating that his actions were undertaken by his own law of morality, which sits squarely at odds with current criminal law.
All of which prompted comic book collector Eddie Capoffski to draw parallels between the mercy killing and a running gag in Viz Comic a few years ago which continually stated that there was one law for some people, and another law for all the rest.
"It's quite possible that the Viz Comic running gag had a profound effect on Ray Gosling's thought processes," Capoffski told us. "The continual suggestion by the comic that there were different laws applicable to different strata of society may have persuaded Ray Gosling to believe that his own law bore more credibility than the law of the land. But I wouldn't swear to it."
Long time Viz Comic reader Ken Dripping of Burnley was quick to disagree.
"That's just stupid," he told us. "Whatever Ray Gosling did, it was nothing to do with Viz Comic. By extension, if you used that connection as a behavioural model, then you'd have to say that War And Peace is responsible for all the wars and peaces we've ever had. Or that Lady Chatterley's Lover is responsible for all the shagging what goes on. Or summert."
At the time of going to press, no charges have yet been pressed against Mr Gosling.
More as we get it.