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Assisted suicide charge laid

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

The Lower Hutt woman charged with importing a drug linked to euthanasia has appeared in court on another charge of assisting suicide.

Susan Dale Austen, 66, appeared in Wellington District Court on Friday morning.

Her lawyer requested the new charge be adjourned until May 12.

She will then make a plea on the drugs charges at the same time.

Dale, a Lower Hutt teacher, was charged in October last year with having twice imported a controlled drug pentobarbitone.

She has been remanded on bail.

Several members of euthanasia advocate group Exit in New Zealand packed out the courtroom.

Police have been criticised for their operation targeting the group after they used a breath-testing check point to gather information on people attending a euthanasia meeting in Lower Hutt in October.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority is looking into the investigation.

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.

Healthline - 0800 611 116

Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)

Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

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