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PINK Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is paying for psychiatric treatment for Scots computer hacker Gary McKinnon, it has been revealed.

Glasgow-born McKinnon, who faces jail in the US for hacking into government computer systems, had his NHS funding suddenly withdrawn last month.

The 45-year-old, who has Asperger's Syndrome, fell victim to cutbacks at the London NHS trust which had funded his treatment by Professor Jeremy Turk, an expert in the condition.

Gary's family have been fighting a long campaign to stop him being extradited to the US.

He could face up to 60 years behind bars for breaking into Nasa and Pentagon computers in 2001 and 2002 while looking for evidence of UFOs.

And Prof Turk believes he will become a suicide risk if he is forced to go to America to face trial.

Gilmour, 64, has a long record of charitable work, including supporting mental health charities.

In 2003, he sold his house in Little Venice to Earl Spencer and donated the pounds 3.6million proceeds to fund a housing project for the homeless.

His intervention comes at a crucial time for Gary, whose mother Janis Sharp has just revealed she has new evidence of mental illness in the family which could bolster the case against extradition.

Janis said yesterday: "When I heard about the funding for Gary's psychiatrist being refused, I was shell-shocked.

"What will happen to other people with psychiatric problems if their funding is cut off? "I'm so grateful to David Gilmour for helping Gary at such a crucial time."

Janis added that on her son's 17th birthday she took him to a neurologist because she feared he might have a brain tumour.

She has learned his greatgran, Christina Macleod, was in a mental hospital in Lenzie, near Glasgow, for 50 years until her death at 95. His gran, Margaret Totten, was also mentally ill.

a Janis added: "This proves that mental illness in Gary's family goes back generations and Gary had pre-existing mental health difficulties."

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Date:Feb 14, 2011
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