Case Of Mother Who Assisted In Her Son's Suicide Delayed
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 19, 2004
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--The case of Marielle Houle, who has been charged with assisting in the suicide of her adult son, is being delayed while she considers her options, the CBC reported.
Houle, 58, was arrested September 26 following the death of Charles Fariala, 36. She was charged with assisting in a suicide, which carries up to a 14-year prison sentence under Canadian law.
Fariala, an aspiring playwright, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. He reportedly told friends he wanted to die before the disease progressed.
Houle's attorney, Salvatore Mascia, told the CBC that his client still believes helping her son to die was the right thing to do.
A text Fariala wrote about disability and hope was turned into a play by his friend, actor/dancer Dulcinea Langfelder. The play, entitled "Victoria", is set to open later this month at Ottawa's National Arts Centre.
Langfelder told the Toronto Star earlier this month that Fariala was against legalizing euthanasia.
"He worked as an orderly, and he knew that if euthanasia was legal, scores of people would just disappear," Langfelder said. "But this was not euthanasia; it was his decision."
Houle's attorney told the Star that the case could eventually go to the Supreme Court of Canada to challenge the law that makes assisted suicide and euthanasia illegal.
Houle has been in custody since her arrest.
"Mom Charged With Assisting In Son's Suicide" (Inclusion Daily Express -- Oct. 1, 2004)
"Dulcinea Langfelder: Victoria -- Dance, English Theatre, and French Theatre: Special Presentation" (National Arts Centre)