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Killing of Eva Griffith an alleged mercy act, David Mathers charged
July 09, 2009 12:00am
A MAN has been charged with the murder of his elderly partner in what police will allege was a mercy killing.
The body of political campaigner Eva Griffith was found in her Ashfield unit by police on Tuesday, with her partner David Mathers, 64, charged over her death.
Friends of Ms Griffith yesterday revealed the 78-year-old had been ill for some time, suffering from osteoporosis and debilitating back pain.
Police are investigating the possibility she was killed with a plastic bag placed over her head and are awaiting the results of toxicology reports to determine if there were any drugs in her system.
Greens MLC Sylvia Hale yesterday paid tribute to Ms Griffith's contribution to the party.
"If there was something going on she'd be very happy to hand out leaflets, work on stalls and things like that," Ms Hale said.
Mr Mathers lived in Lidcombe while Ms Griffith lived in a small unit block in Cecil St, Ashfield, where they were often seen together.
Ashfield councillor Marc Rerceretnam had known the couple for about nine years and said they were a "lovely couple".
"They have been together for a long time," Dr Rerceretnam said.
"David is a lovely person. Both of them are a lovely couple. David is extremely gentle and so was she."
Local party members said Ms Griffith had not been seen for a couple of months and had missed a number of meetings.
Dr Rerceretnam said the 78-year-old did not have children and he did not know of any other relatives.
Former Ashfield Greens councillor Lance Dale said Ms Griffith was a character, always behind a camera.
"She was really involved in local politics and she was there from the day dot, she was part of the local woodwork," he said.
Mr Mathers' lawyer yesterday sought an adjournment in Central Local Court for a possible bail application on Friday.