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Euthanasia advocate Sean Davison in court on third murder charge

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Sean Davison, a euthanasia advocate, returned back to court today, Monday, 29 April 2019, on a third charge of premeditated murder.

The founder of right-to-die organisation Dignity SA, Sean Davison, made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court today,, 29 April 2019, on a third charge of premeditated murder. Davison was previously in court for allegedly helping two people end their lives in 2013 and 2015. He only learned of the third charge during his court appearance today.

The third charge relates to the death of sportsman Richard Holland, who died in Constantia on 8 November 2015. Davison is accused of administering a lethal dosage of drugs to Holland.

In September 2018, Davison was arrested at his home in Pinelands for the death of his friend Anrich Burger, who died in 2013 after having been involved in a car accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. Two months later, it emerged that Davison was facing a second murder charge for the death of Justin Varian, who had a motor neuron disease and died on 25 July 2015. He was accused of placing a bag over Varian’s head and administered helium with the intention of causing asphyxiation.

After making his first court appearance in September 2018, Davison maintained that he had done nothing wrong.

“It is and has always been my contention that I have not committed any offence as alleged in this matter,” his lawyer Joshua Greeff read from an affidavit.

At his appearance on Monday, 29 April 2019, Davison heard that his case would be postponed for a date in the western Cape High Court and an indictment would be drawn out. His bail of R20 000 was extended and he will be back in court on Friday, 24 May 2019.

Abenathi Gqomo
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