Now right-to-die activist faces a third murder charge
Sean Davison will be indicted on allegations he administered a 'lethal amount of drugs' to paralysed former triathlete
Euthanasia advocate Prof Sean Davison will be indicted for a third murder.
The state claims the right-to-die activist administered a “lethal amount of drugs” to paralysed former world champion-level triathlete Richard Holland.
Davison appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where the state indicated they would be adding the additional charge of premeditated murder of Holland, which occurred on November 8 2015.
Davison helped his mother, Pat, to die in New Zealand after the terminally ill, cancer-stricken 85-year-old tried to end her life through a hunger strike.
In an interview with TimesLIVE in 2016 he said he gave his mother a lethal dose of crushed morphine pills and helped her drink it. He was placed under five months’ house arrest in New Zealand after being found guilty on a charge of assisted suicide.
Then, in 2018, he was arrested for allegedly murdering his 43-year-old doctor friend, Anrich Burger, in 2013 through “assisted suicide”.
Burger was a supporter of his organisation, Dignity SA, which advocates changing SA law to allow for “assisted dying”.
Davison admitted helping Burger to die in 2013 but he maintained then – and in his affidavit which he presented to court for bail – that he did “not commit any offence”.
He also allegedly killed Justin Varian by placing a bag over his head and administering a lethal dose of helium.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said that the matter was postponed to May 24 for a date to transfer the matter to the high court, and also for an indictment.
“We’ve also added a third murder charge, meaning we are charging him with three counts of premeditated murder. The third person is a Richard Holland who was murdered on 8 November 2015 in Constantia where the accused administered a lethal amount of drugs for the deceased,” said Ntabazalila.
According to Backonyourbike.com, a fundraising website for Holland’s medical treatment, his brain stem was damaged after a car crashed into him on October 11 2012 while he was training on his bicycle in Dubai in preparation for the Ironman race.
According to the website, he represented SA at the 2007 Triathlon World Championships.
The Backonyourbike website had regular updates on Holland’s neuron therapy which was intended to help him regain motor function, but a post dated May 8 2015 declared that he had “succumbed” to his brain injury.
“We are heartbroken because our beautiful son and brother Richie has left us. After three brave years of trying and fighting to overcome his traumatic brain injury he finally succumbed to it and on Sunday 8 November left this earth and his tortured body to soar with the Angels,” the post reads.“Bye Richie our courageous soldier. You fought a good fight. We are so proud of that. Soar well. We love you to the end and beyond. Forever and ever in our hearts. Go well beautiful soul. We hope heaven has a beautiful new bike for you. You deserve it. We are so blessed that you chose to be in our lives,” the post ended.Davison is out on R20,000 bail and his bail conditions were extended until his next court date.