20 June 2019

South Africa: The Right to Die - SA Euthanasia Activist Gets House Arrest After Pleading Guilty to Murder

Photo: Diann Wiese/Wikipedia.org
Sean Davison (file photo).

South Africa's most prominent euthanasia activist, academic Sean Davison, has accepted a plea deal with the state which will see him serve three years under house arrest in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts of murder. Though Davison originally maintained his innocence of any offence, he says that ultimately he accepted a guilty plea for the sake of his young children.

"My children want a father not a martyr."

This was the decision that Sean Davison came to after wrestling with the question of whether he should fight three charges of premeditated murder in a full trial.

Davison, a 58-year-old scientist, was arrested in Cape Town in September 2018 on what would eventually become three murder counts, after assisting in ending the lives of three people between 2013 and 2015.

In all three cases, the individuals in question had asked Davison for help in dying due to his international profile as an activist for the right to die movement.

This was the second time that Davison had faced the courts over this issue. In 2010, in his birth country of New Zealand, Davison was charged with the murder of his terminally ill mother, Dr Patricia Ferguson, after administering her...

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