Ten years jail for husband who encouraged his wife to end life

Ten years jail for husband who encouraged his wife to end life

Graham Morant, 68, was convicted last month of encouraging Jennifer Morant's suicide in 2014.

While there have been convictions for people that helped someone to suicide in Australia, the judge says no one has ever been convicted of persuading someone who would not otherwise have taken his or her own life to suicide.

The self-styled religious pastor is believed to be the first person internationally to be convicted of counselling suicide, according to ABC News.

"You took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick and depressed woman", Justice Davis said in the Queensland Supreme Court, reported ABC News.

Morant's true objective was to get his hands on her life insurance payouts, worth $1.4 million.

Jennifer Morant, who had chronic back pain as well as anxiety and depression, was found dead in her auto in 2014, with a gas-powered generator and a note requesting no resuscitation.

The 56-year-old woman was found dead alongside a petrol generator in her auto on 30 November, 2014. The case is being called a landmark decision.

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Morant also held unusual religious convictions. It was here he planned to settle down and wait for the rapture.

He ruled that he was motivated by money and wanted to collect 1.4 million Australian dollars (£880,000) from three life insurance policies.

Graham Robert Morant will be sentenced today.

"Slowly, very slowly, over the course of the next hour the accused explained he did assist his wife in her suicide".

The judge said pensioner Morant must serve at least five years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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The court heard Morant wanted to use the money to buy a property where he could build a religious commune, complete with bunkers to ride out a rapture.

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