Euthanasia campaigner's trial starts

By Otago Daily Times

Dr Sean Davison arriving at Christchurch airport ahead of his trial. Photo / Martin Hunter
Dr Sean Davison arriving at Christchurch airport ahead of his trial. Photo / Martin Hunter

The trial of euthanasia campaigner Sean Davison began at the High Court at Dunedin this morning.

The 49-year-old is accused of the attempted murder of his mother Dr Patricia Elizabeth Ferguson in Dunedin in 2006.

Dr Ferguson, 85, was terminally ill.

Davison has said he gave her a dose of morphine the night she died.

The father of two, who since his mother's death has become a campaigner for legalised euthanasia, has pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder her.

A jury of four men and eight women has been selected.

The Crown is represented by Robin Bates and Marie Grills.

They must prove beyond reasonable doubt that Davison administered a quantity of morphine to Dr Ferguson, and that his intention when administering the morphine was to kill her.

Davison is represented by Roger Laybourn. Justice Christine French resides.

Twenty-five witnesses will give evidence for the Crown, including Davison's brother Fergus Davison, a bio-medical scientist.

The trial is expected to take three weeks.


- Otago Daily Times

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