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Lesley Martin released from prison

Voluntary euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin walked to freedom from Arohata Women’s Prison after 7-1/2 months in jail for the attempted murder of her terminally ill mother, Joy Martin.

Martin was jailed for 15 months in April by the High Court at Wanganui for attempted murder by injecting her mother, Joy Martin, 69, with 60mg of morphine in May 1999.

Martin walked from the prison about 8.45am with her arm round son Sean, 10, and holding the hand of stepdaughter Sophie, nine. Walking with her were voluntary euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke, her brother Michael Martin and other supporters.

Her husband, Warren Fulljames, and adult son Matt were also present.