Australia: Brisbane man accused of aiding suicide

Description: [of the article from The Brisbane Times]

The Brisbane Times reports on the committal hearing of Merin Nielsen:
A man who allegedly helped an elderly Brisbane resident commit suicide last year is also accused of bringing into Australia a veterinary drug recommended by euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke. Merin Nielsen, 49, of Mt Nebo, north-west of Brisbane, was arrested in February and charged with assisting the suicide of Frank Ward, a 76-year-old man found dead at his Clayfield unit in June last year. He has also been charged with exporting or importing Sedalphorte, a border-controlled drug.

On the first day of Mr Nielsen's committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court, the court was told police found Dr Nitschke's book, The Peaceful Pill Handbook, in Mr Ward's home. An opened bottle of Sedalphorte labelled in Spanish was found next to his body. Detective Senior Constable Grant Goodall said Mr Nielsen was the last person to see Mr Ward alive and admitted he had helped Mr Ward write a suicide note.


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Bentley, Amelia. "Brisbane man accused of aiding suicide". The Brisbane Times. August 23, 2010 - 2:48PM. <www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-man-accused-of-aiding-suicide-20100823-13fno.html>. Brisbane Times, Fairfax Digital <www.fairfax.com.au>.

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  • assisted suicide

  • Philip Nitschke

  • Exit International

  • Australia

Notes:
  • New UK Dignity in Dying Newsletter CAMPAIGN published [World Federation of Right to Die Societies]
    http://worldrtd.net/node/1020

    August 23, 2010: The latest issue of DiD's Newsletter CAMPAIGN can be downloaded from this web page.

  • HEMLOCK Florida unveils new website [World Federation of Right to Die Societies]
    http://worldrtd.net/node/1018

    This report begins: August 23, 2010: The Hemlock Society of Florida this month announced its new website which features a comprehensive, one-stop resource for free, downloadable forms that allow Floridians to specify their own end-of-life choices. The forms are Florida-specific and include an advance directive, a do not resuscitate order, a designation of health care surrogate form and instructions for completing the forms and where to keep them on file.

    The new website is to be seen at www.hemlockflorida.org.

  • RELEVANT - NVVE's quarterly 3rd edition published [World Federation of Right to Die Societies]
    http://worldrtd.net/node/1019

    August 23, 2010: The English summary of the third issue of 2010 RELEVANT can be downloaded in PDF from this web page.

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