Ex-nurse plans to appeal guilty verdict in Kajouji suicide
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2011 1:33PM EDT
A Minnesota man who was found guilty of counselling Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji to commit suicide plans to appeal his conviction.
A U.S. judge rejected freedom of speech as a defence for William Melchert-Dinkel, a former nurse who encouraged Kajouji and a British man to take their own lives. He also rejected claims that Melchert-Dinkel's actions didn't help sway his victims to commit suicide.
Prosecutors said Melchert-Dinkel, 48, cruised online chat rooms, posed as a woman and made fake suicide pacts with people he met online, providing them with information on how they could die.
The judge said there was clear evidence that showed Melchert-Dinkel aided Kajouji, 18, when she committed suicide by jumping into Ottawa's Rideau River in 2008.
The ex-nurse was also found guilty of aiding in the suicide of Mark Drybrough, 32, of Coventry, England.
Kajouji's father calls Melchert-Dinkel a monster. He says although the guilty verdict won't bring his daughter back, he's thankful for the ruling.
"I'll thank them from the bottom of my heart because I appreciate everything they did. And Nadia was not forgotten. This man finally got what's coming to him, justice for Nadia and I'm very happy for that," said Mohamed Kajouji.
Kajouji, a teen from Brampton, Ont., jumped into the Rideau River in March 2008. Her body was recovered one month later.
Melchert-Dinkel will be sentenced May 4. His lawyers will then take his case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Melchert-Dinkel faces a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars and a $30,000 fine.
With files from The Associated Press
If you are on the scene of breaking news and capture it with your mobile device, share your pictures or video with MyNews.