STRANGE! Man Jailed For Helping Wife Commit Suicide
Jennifer Morant suffered from chronic back pain and depression and was found dead in her car by police alongside a note asking not to be resuscitated.
Apparently, a case of suicide but one that required more investigation.
It was discovered that Jennifer’s husband, Graham Morant, 69, helped his wife buy equipment from a hardware store to aid her suicide and had encouraged her to do so.
A Queensland court has now found Morant guilty of counselling and aiding his wife Jennifer Morant to kill herself in 2014.
The Australian man was sentenced to 10 years in prison in what the judge called a precedent-setting case.
In handing down the sentence on Friday, the judge said Morant was the sole beneficiary of his wife’s life insurance and stood to gain Aus$1.4 million (US$1.0 million) from her death.
“You took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick and depressed woman,” Justice Peter Davis said.
“You counselled and aided your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the $1.4 million.”
Davis added that there had previously been no conviction in Queensland state for counselling suicide, nor could he find a similar conviction in any other jurisdiction.
The court heard Morant had planned to build a religious commune with the money and had told his wife that God would not consider it a sin for her to take her own life.