Pastor jailed for convincing wife to end life

Pastor jailed for convincing wife to end life

Pastor jailed for convincing wife to end life

'You took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick and depressed woman, ' he said.

The judge ruled that Graham Morant's motive was money.

His wife (56) was found dead in her auto beside a petrol generator on 30 November, 2014.

Graham Robert Morant's motivations include benefiting from a life insurance payment to the tune of $1.4 million.

Mrs Morant, who had suffered from chronic back pain, depression and anxiety, was found dead in her auto alongside a petrol generator, with a note saying "please don't resuscitate me".

A self-styled preacher who wanted to claim his wife's life insurance was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for persuading her to kill herself in what a judge described as an Australian-first conviction.

There is no legal precedent in Australia or apparently around the world for a conviction where one person counsels another into suiciding.

"You counselled your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the A$1.4m", Justice Peter Davis said in the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday. Nearby, a note read: "Please don't resuscitate me".

Mr Morant pleaded not guilty, but a jury found that his wife would not have taken her life without his encouragement.

During that time Morant allegedly told his wife that she would be too weak to survive the biblical rapture and that her suicide would not be a sin in god's eyes because of the financial windfall to his pastor aspirations.

As well as his 10-year sentence, he received an additional six years for aiding suicide, to be served concurrently.

According to prosecutors, Morant had told his wife that he planned to use the insurance payout to build a religious commune in the Gold Coast hinterland.

He will be eligible for parole in October 2023.

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