Monday, December 19, 2005

The Law and 'mercy killing'

There can be understanding shown by judges in cases of 'mercy killing' as this case from Tasmania shows:

A Launceston [Australia] nurse who tried to kill her mother and helped in the suicide of her father is free after receiving a wholly suspended sentence.

Catherine Ann Pryor, 42, had admitted helping her father kill himself but had denied the charge of attempting to murder her mother. Earlier this month the jury found her guilty of that charge.

In the Criminal Court, Acting Justice Michael Hill said it was clear Pryor had a caring relationship with her mother and was not acting out of self-interest.

Pryor was sentenced to 18 months in jail for the attempted murder and 12 months for the assisted suicide. Both sentences were wholly suspended.

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