An individual known as Martin suffered a brainstem stroke in August 2008. This left him almost completely unable to move. He wished to end his life by travelling abroad.
Martin argued that the DPP policy on encouraging or assisted suicide was not clear enough for people such as carers to know how they could provide assistance without the risk of being prosecuted. In 2010, the Court of Appeal said that the policy was not sufficiently clear in relation to healthcare professionals. The DPP clarified the policy in 2014.