July 27 2017, updated 7:47pm

Man guilty of mother's attempted murder

Last updated 21:20 21/05/2008

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A man charged with attempting to murder his terminally ill mother was tonight found guilty by a jury in the High Court at Hamilton.

The jury added a request to the judge for leniency.

Ian Crutchley, 49, was charged over the death of Elsie Patricia Crutchley, 77, at Taumarunui's Avonlea Hospital and Home on February 5 last year.

Crutchley was remanded on bail for sentence at a later date, Radio New Zealand reported.

Mrs Crutchley was in the final stages of terminal stomach cancer, and died within hours of her son giving her an overdose of her drugs, which included a cocktail of morphine, painkillers and anti-anxiety medication.

Crutchley told the court he never wanted to kill his mother.

The Crown said Crutchley would have known his mother would have died following the increase in medication.


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