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Evelyn Martens acquitted

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

A Canadian great-grandmother, Evelyn Martens from Victoria, charged with aiding and abetting the suicides of two terminally ill women in 2002, was acquitted by a jury after a prolonged preliminary hearing in 2003 and a recent trial. Testimony, even from prosecution witnesses, made it clear that both women had carefully planned their self-deliverance and that they were clearly suffering unbearably from their illnesses.

Martens admitted to being at the bedside of both women; she was entrapped by a RCMP officer who posed as the goddaughter of one of the women tearfully wanting to know if the woman had died peacefully.