A MAN has been hailed as a “hero” by his family after he shot his father when he begged him to end his cancer pain.
Colin Stratton, 80, has asked his devoted son Glenn Stratton, 53, to “do him a favor” and end his life at his home in Castlemaine, Australia.
Glenn faced Bendigo Supreme Court today after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting his father’s suicide.
Colin and his late wife, Sue, had spoken on several occasions with state medics about Victoria’s Voluntary Assistance in Dying Program, Australia Daily Mail reports.
The program means terminally ill adults with intolerable pain who have less than six months to live – or 12 months for neurodegenerative diseases – and who meet 68 guarantees can ask the doctor to help them die.
But Colin was deemed ineligible for the program despite having terminal cancer.
He soon realized his wish to die on a “peaceful pill” and “a cup of tea” would not happen and he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Colin reportedly decided “today is my day” after doctors repeatedly refused to give him medication so that he could die on his own terms.
He phoned his son Glenn and asked him for a “favor” – to shoot him.
He reportedly said at the time: “Don’t make me mess it up, I can’t do it myself.”
Father and son said their farewells before Glenn put an end to his father’s life.
Colin’s daughter, Donna, arrived at the house shortly after to find her brother sobbing in the garden.
She told the court that he had “sacrificed” himself to give his father the “dignified and painless end he deserved,” the Sun Herald reports.
Donna said her father’s battle with cancer had “robbed him of the things he loved in life.”
She said her brother was “sufficiently punished” by missing the funeral when he was initially charged with murder.
Glenn’s brother Searle has said his father is his hero – but the honor now goes to his brother after he “sacrificed his freedom in the greatest act of love”.
Glenn will be sentenced on December 9.
Assisted suicide – the law
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in the UK.
Euthanasia, sometimes known as mercy killing, is the practice of intentionally ending a person’s life to relieve pain and suffering, while assisted suicide involves the person wishing to die playing a role. active role in the end of his own life.
Euthanasia carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and 14 years of assisted suicide.
The only exception is “passive euthanasia”, which is when a treatment that could prolong a person’s life is withdrawn – like a life machine that is turned off.
The only alternatives for terminally ill patients in the UK are palliative care or denial of treatment, which mentally capable patients have the right to do.
Patients can give an “early decision” to decline treatment or opt for terminal sedation, which means they will remain unconscious as death approaches.
As a result, some terminally ill people decide to travel abroad to die at clinics such as Dignitas in Switzerland.