24 Mar 2017

Susan Austen in court on euthanasia drug charges

12:21 pm on 24 March 2017

A Lower Hutt school teacher accused of importing a euthanasia drug into New Zealand has reappeared court.

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Susan Austen, 65, is facing two charges of importing the sedative narcotic pentobarbitone, a Class C controlled drug.

She appeared in Wellington District Court this morning.

Judge Ian Mill remanded Ms Austen on bail to reappear in Court in April.

The case arose after police used a breath-testing checkpoint to target voluntary euthanasia supporters as they left an Exit International pro-euthanasia meeting in Lower Hutt.