Man jailed in assisted suicide case

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21 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court imposed a 15-month sentence on Friday on a 49-year-old man who helped a friend commit suicide. The last five months of the jail term were suspended.

21 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court imposed a 15-month sentence on Friday on a 49-year-old man who helped a friend commit suicide. The last five months of the jail term were suspended.

The court in Den Bosch was told A. de G. from Helmond bought heroin and methadone for Ad van Dijck (38), also of Helmond. Van Dijck had a serious obsessive-compulsive neurosis and had long expressed the wish to die.

Prosecutors said there were "strong indications" the defendant had administered the drugs to the victim, but this could not be proven. Had there been evidence to substantiate this, De G. could have been found guilty of murder.

The panel of judges ruled De G. had not stuck to the strict guidelines. In the first instance, he is not a medical professional as is required by Dutch law for assisted euthanasia.

The defendant spent four months in pre-trial custody which means he has to stay in jail for another nine months. The presiding judge said the prison term rather than a suspended sentence was imposed in part to deter others from acting in the same way as De G.

Eindhoven man M.H., 41, was cleared of assisting the suicide although he supplied the drugs. The court concluded he did not know what De G. intended to use them for when he bought them for him from a drug dealer.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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