No conviction in euthanasia case
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:20p.m.
An Auckland man who admitted helping his chronically ill wife to die has been discharged without conviction.
Evans Mott, 61, pleaded guilty in May to aiding and abetting the death of his wife Rosemary, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and committed suicide at their Auckland home last December.
At the time his lawyer Ron Mansfield indicated Mott would seek a discharge without conviction and would put forward "considerable evidence" at the sentencing hearing.
"This shouldn't be a story of an alleged crime, rather one of genuine love and grief," he told the New Zealand Herald.
At the High Court in Auckland today, Mr Mott got his wish.
"It is truly unfortunate that in our modern society we force people to be isolated in these circumstances and then expose their loving and grieving family to the indignity of being dragged before our criminal courts in this way," says Mr Mansfield.
Mr Mott, an England-born master boatbuilder who helped in the construction of a superyacht for billionaire Graeme Hart, helped his wife research suicide methods and prepare a kit last September.
On December 28 Mrs Mott, who was battling the degenerative disease which attacks the nervous system, asked her husband to leave their Orakei home. He later returned to find her dead.
NZN / 3 News
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13/09/2012 10:09:10 p.m.
He recieved no conviction as a criminal record would impede his ability to work overseas.
He recieved a lesser sentence as the part he played in Rosemary's death was minimal.
13/09/2012 6:47:58 p.m.
The court decision was the right one but I would point out that technically this was a case of suicide and not euthenasia. However, it does reinforce the need to make assisted suicide legal.
13/09/2012 6:43:15 p.m.
Poverty is a chronic illness brought upon by economists, capitalists, and governments. A single mother lost her benefit and had nothing left to feed her two children. She love them that much she wouldn't allow the children to starve. So she had to kill them. According to the judge, she had done right, and now it is legal in NZ.
The rate of suicide during the current state of depression has risen over 40% around the world.
13/09/2012 5:00:48 p.m.
Jan he got off because he did not physically kill her or administer anything, he wasn't even home and the case should never have even made it into the court room.
13/09/2012 3:01:02 p.m.
Progress! Previous convictions are paving the way for a better future for making our own decisions
13/09/2012 1:41:14 p.m.
I am all for euthanasia if thats what the person wants, but how come he got off and that other guy didn't?.
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