An Australian man has been convicted of counselling his wife's suicide, through which he hoped to benefit from £770,000 in life insurance
'Graham Robert Morant was last month found guilty on two charges — counselling suicide and aiding suicide — for persuading his wife Jennifer Morant, 56, to kill herself in her car in 2014 and helping her buy the necessary equipment from a hardware store.
'The court heard Morant was the sole beneficiary of Ms Morant's three life insurance policies, which Justice Peter Davis concluded was the motivation for his actions.
'Ms Morant, who suffered from chronic back pain, depression and anxiety, was found with a note saying "please don't resuscitate me".
'"You took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick and depressed woman," Justice Davis said during sentencing.
'"You counselled your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the $1.4 million."'
'"You have not shown any remorse for the offences you have committed.
'"You did not plead guilty and you did not cooperate with the administration of justice."
'Justice Davis said there had been no conviction in Queensland for the counselling suicide charge and research had also failed to find a conviction for a similar offence in another jurisdiction.'