Friday, August 25, 2023

A Canadian is being investigated in the UK for aiding 88 suicide deaths.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kenneth Law
Euronews reported on August 25, 2023 that a Canadian man who has been charged with assisting the suicide of at least 2 people is being investigated by UK authorities in the suicide death of 88 people.

Kenneth Law (57), who has been accused of distributing 1200 packages of a suicide substance, is being investigated by UK authorities in the deaths of 88 people and is suspected to have distributed the suicide substance to 232 people in the UK who purchased the substance online. Euronews reported:
British law enforcement authorities have said they are investigating 88 deaths linked to a Canadian man alleged to have illegally sold substances online to people at risk of suicide.

As many as 232 people in the UK are thought to have purchased items from him. However, the NCA has stressed that so far, it has not confirmed direct links between his products and the 88 deaths it is probing.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those who have died," said NCA deputy director Craig Turner. "They are being supported by specially trained officers from police forces."
Euronews reported that the UK investigation began this Spring after police in the English county of Surrey reached out to Law over the death of a 22-year-old man, 
Tom Parfett, who had visited one of Law's websites and died by suicide in 2021.

Neha Raju & Tom Parfitt died by suicide.
An article by Dan Sales that was published in the Daily Mail on August 25 quoted David Parfitt, the father of Tom Parfitt, as stating:
'It really didn't need to be this high a number of cases.
'There were enough signals early on in investigations worldwide to have stopped this and stopped it sooner which would have saved lives. I think that should be the focus.

'Surrey Police weren't even aware that two people within months, one of which was Tom, had died in the same way from taking this.

'It's like our children were handed a loaded gun and told how to shoot themselves. This poison is the same thing.

'It comes back to the police not showing enough curiosity or following their own processes - they are meant to catch things like this.'
CTV News journalist, Jon Woodward, reported on May 9 that Kenneth Law, 57, faces two counts of aiding and abetting the deaths of two people in Peel Region, allegedly through the online sale of a legal substance that is lethal in high concentrations. Law sold the substance online world-wide for the purposes of aiding suicide.

Law is believed to have sold 1200 packages of the suicide substance online.

Dutch News reported that a Netherlands man (Alex S) was convicted on July 18, 2023 for selling a suicide powder, with instructions, to as many as 1600 people and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for the suicide deaths of at least 10 people.

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