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Mercy killer s body found at Floreat Beach (clone 1353369666)
Mercy killer's body found at Floreat Beach (clone 1353369666)

The body of a man who smothered his disabled partner then tried to take his own life in an apparent mercy killing pact earlier this year was found on Floreat Beach overnight.

Herbert Bernard Erickson, 82, was found dead on the shore about 800 metres north of the popular family beach about 11.45pm.

His family reported Mr Erickson missing at 8.30pm. His dark blue Toyota Ascent was located by police parked in the Floreat Beach car park 20 minutes later and a pile of clothes was found in front of the nearby surf club, Inspector Derek Staat said.

A young couple at the beach told thewest.com.au the beach was deserted around the time Mr Erickson was reported missing. They did not spot him on the shore.

Mr Erickson pleaded guilty on October 31 to murdering his 73-year-old partner Julie Betty Kuhn at the couple’s Armadale home on January 16 this year.

Mr Erickson smothered Ms Kuhn, 73, with a pillow, killed their two dogs and wrote letters to his family before trying to electrocute himself. It emerged during his trial he had spent years caring for Ms Kuhn after she was paralysed by a stroke. She also suffered chronic arthritis and the court was told she did not have a high quality of life and was confined to a wheelchair.

The Supreme Court was earlier told Mr Erickson was honouring a pact with his wife not to go into a nursing home.

He had been released on bail but was due to be sentenced on January 18 and may have faced life imprisonment.