Man jailed for assisting suicide

Merin Nielsen, 50, of Mt Nebo, was found guilty on Wednesday in the Supreme Court in Brisbane of one count of aiding suicide.

His sentence was adjourned until Thursday, when he was jailed for three years.

He will be released on parole after serving six months.

During the trial the court heard Nielsen helped 76-year-old Frank Ward to take his life.

Mr Ward was found dead in his Clayfield unit on Brisbane's Northside on 20 June 2009.

The court heard he had taken a high dose of Nembutal - a drug normally used to euthanise animals, and which was not available in Australia.

Nielsen, who

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