GP charged with attempted mercy killing of six-year-old girl

Police allege a lethal drug prescribed by the doctor was subsequently administered to the child by her mother

A GP has been charged with attempted murder after prescribing a drug that WA Police allege was used in an attempt to end the life of a six-year-old girl with a severe disability. 

Police say Dr Pieter Theunis Austin was approached by the girl’s mother, Michelle Yvonne Gough, seeking a prescription on 17 January. 

It’s claimed that Dr Austin — listed as practice principal at The Surgery in the WA south coast town of Albany — agreed to prescribe the drug and was aware of the intended use.

According to news reports, the script was for insulin.

Two days later, the girl became unwell and was taken to a medical facility in the state’s south by another family member. 

She was then transferred to Albany Hospital, where she was stabilised before being flown to Perth Children’s Hospital. 

“It will be alleged the child’s health deteriorated