South African professor sentenced in New Zealand
By Lelethu Mquqo
25 November 2011
South African professor Sean Davison, who pleaded guilty in New Zealand to the assisted suicide of his mother, has been sentenced to five months house arrest in Dunedin.
His Cape Town partner Raine Pan and their two young sons will not be able to join him there.
Davison admitted to giving his cancer-stricken 85-year-old mother Patricia a lethal dose of morphine when she wanted help to end her suffering.
Davison could have faced a jail sentence of 14 years.