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.”
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Mrs Morant was found dead in her car on November 30, 2014.
Graham Morant will be eligible for parole in October 2023.
Justice Peter Davis sentenced Graham Robert Morant to total 10 years imprisonment for counselling and aiding the suicide of his wife, "you took advantage of her vulnerability as a sick, depressed woman, you were motivated by prospect of financial gain". Eligible parole 2.10.2023.
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