Manslaughter after methadone death

Last updated 11:45 25/03/2013
SANCHIA LOUISE WILSON: Died in April 2012.

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The death of a drug user who collapsed during a party at a Whanganui house last year has led to the man who supplied her with methadone pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Mathew Shane Johns, 36, had originally been charged with murder but at a hearing in the High Court at Wellington today the charge was changed to killing Sanchia Louise Wilson by an unlawful act - supplying methadone - amounting to manslaughter.

Wilson, 33, died in Wellington Hospital in early April last year. She had collapsed at a party in Whanganui on March 28, last year.

Johns is due to be sentenced in Wellington on April 12. Justice Ron Young remanded him in custody.

After Wilson died her father said that she was not a heavy user of drugs but she was reckless at times.

"I choose to remember her as a fun type of person with a good sense of humour. She was pleasant to be with, bubbly and made clever jokes and was clever with her language," Geoffrey Wilson said.

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- The Dominion Post

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