Gold Coast man jailed for encouraging wife to commit suicide

A Gold Coast man who was found guilty of aiding and counselling his wife to commit suicide so that he could claim her life insurance has been jailed.

Graham Morant appeared in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Friday where he was sentenced to a total of ten years behind bars.

The court heard the 69-year-old convinced his wife Jennifer, who suffered from depression, anxiety and chronic back pain, to take her own life so that he could use her life insurance money to build a religious commune in the Gold Coast hinterland.


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“You took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick, depressed woman, you were motivated by prospect of financial gain,” Justice Peter Davis said during sentencing.

“You counselled your wife to kill herself because you wanted to get your hands on the $1.4 million.”

Mrs Morant was found dead in her car on November 30, 2014.

Graham Morant will be eligible for parole in October 2023.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

 

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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