LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A man accused of administering a fatal dose of morphine to his terminally ill mother will stand trial for attempted murder – but not for murder, the New Zealand Herald reports.
The man, 49, whose identity is suppressed, had been appeared in the Taumarunui District Court for a depositions hearing on charges of murder and attempted murder.
The court decided today that he would stand trial on the lesser charge.
Yesterday the court heard that he asked a nurse if anything could be done to hasten the process of dying.
Hours later his mother was dead and a “cocktail” of drugs in a syringe – programmed for release over 24 hours – was found empty.
The court heard that his 77-year-old mother was in a rest home and in the final stages of stomach cancer.
On the day she died, in February, the man and his two sisters saw her in a distressed state in which she cried out for help and thrashed about in bed.
Rest-home nurse Janet Lester said that after this incident, the accused asked her what could be done to “make it quick and hurry her death along”.List your legal jobs on the LawFuel Network