A Gold Coast man has been found guilty of aiding and councilling his wife to commit suicide in 2014.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard Graham Morant had encouraged his wife, Jenifer Morant, to kill herself over a plot to use her life insurance money to build a religious commune.
The 69-year-old man was the sole beneficiary of her three life insurance policies, that totalled $1.4 million and would be paid out in the event of a suicide.
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The court heard Mr Morant had told his wife he wanted the money to build a commune in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Throughout the trial, Mr Morant maintained his innocence and initially told Police he had nothing to do with his wife’s suicide.
However, his story changed when Police provided CCTV footage of him buying petrol generator from a hardware store.
Once this vision was shown to him, he explained the circumstances to officers and admitted to assisting her death.
The court heard Mrs Morant suffered from chronic back pain, depression and anxiety.
Police found her dead in the driver’s seat of her car on November 30, 2014.
It took the jury a day and a half of deliberations to find him guilty.
He’ll be sentenced on October 19.
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