Euthanasia advocate Sean Davison sentenced to 3 years of house arrest

He entered into a plea and sentencing agreement in connection with cases in which he helped three Cape Town patients take their own lives.

FILE: Sean Davison. Image: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Euthanasia advocate Sean Davison has been sentenced to three years correctional supervision on three counts of murder.

The Western Cape High Court also sentenced him to eight years behind bars which has been wholly suspended for five years on condition he is not convicted of murder, attempted murder or conspiracy to commit murder over this period.

The first charge relates to the death of Anrich Burger in 2013. Burger was a quadriplegic following a car accident in 2005. Davison administered a lethal dose of drugs to Burger.

The two other murder charges, which Davison has also pleaded guilty to, relate to the deaths of Justin Varian and Richard Holland.

He entered into a plea and sentencing agreement in the High Court on Wednesday in connection with cases in which he helped three Cape Town patients take their own lives.

The right-to-die advocate made headlines nine years ago after he helped euthanise his terminally ill mother in New Zealand for which he was sentenced to five months of house arrest.

Professor Davison has been placed under house arrest for the full duration of his correctional supervision. He may, however, go to work, to a place of worship or visit a doctor.

Davison may not leave the magisterial district of his residence or place of work without the permission of a correctional supervision officer.

He must partake in community service that wouldn’t amount to less than 16 hours per month. Davison also has to wear a monitoring device.