Son accused of helping dad die

A SUPREME Court judge has told a jury that a Brisbane man is standing trial accused of aiding his "frail, ill 89-year-old father" to kill himself by drinking a substance which was a mixture of sedatives and painkillers.

Justice Ann Lyons told the jurors that Peter John Nixon is accused of helping his father John Stephen Nixon to kill himself on April 27, 2015 at Petrie, in Brisbane's north.

Mr Nixon has pleaded not guilty, the jury heard.

Justice Lyons said that prosecutors allege that Mr Nixon died "12 days after drinking" the substance.

Three jurors were excused from service and replaced after they told Justice Lyons they were not able to be completely impartial.

Prosecutor Danny Boyle told the jury he planned to call nine police officers as witnesses as well as eight doctors, a taxi driver, a nurse and a director of nursing.

Justice Lyons told the jury that under the law, it does not matter that Mr Nixon's death "did not immediately result" from drinking the substance.

She said that if they found that Mr Nixon was suffering a disorder or disease at the time of his death in May 2015, prosecutors must prove that drinking the substance "hastened his death".

She said the jury must also be satisfied that Peter Nixon knew his father had a specific intention to end his life.



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