In a case that has attracted significant media attention, Mr Evans Mott has been discharged without conviction for his role in his wife's suicide. His wife, who suffered an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis, made a decision to end her life and obtained the equipment that she needed. Mott helped to assemble the equipment, and left the house when she asked him to.
Mott pled guilty to assisting suicide, and sought a discharge without conviction. The Judge noted that although Mott and his wife "believed that the course she took should not be unlawful and that is a view shared by a large number of people in our community", the law, as it presently stands, recognises the sanctity of life. However, the Judge found that Mott's assistance was "limited"; he took no part in the events on the day his wife died, and his wife would have followed through her decision to commit suicide with or without his involvement. The Judge also took into account the significant consequences for Mott if he was convicted, particularly in relation to his employment. The Judge concluded that there were a number of strong mitigating factors in the "very particular circumstances" of this case, and discharged Mott without conviction. R v Mott  NZHC 2366 (13 September 2012)