Woman in suicide pact given supervision
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:52a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A 47-year-old woman who plead guilty to belonging to a suicide pact has been sentenced to two years intense supervision.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
Karen Robson appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning.
She made an agreement with her 45-year-old partner Glenn Bernard Paterson to commit suicide together in September, 2011.
Paterson was in a wheelchair and suffered chronic pain following a motorcycle accident.
He died after the pair carried out their pact, but Robson survived.
A debate around the possibility of legal euthanasia has been re-ignited this week by comments made by the Prime Minister during an interview with Newstalk ZB.
John Key said he believed the practice of euthanasia already “effectively happens” in New Zealand hospitals.
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