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16 years for man who killed stepdaughter

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016 Cassie Devoy

The man who murdered his step daughter has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 16 years in the Wellington High Court this morning.

Paul Keith Skipper, 40, fatally stabbed Te Awhiahua Toko, 17, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae on April 17.

Known as Awhi, she was stabbed in the neck and chest three times in a family violence incident. She died two days later in hospital.

The attack happened at Skipper's home which he shared with Ms Toko, after he became agitated that she was moving in with her boyfriend's family.

Six victim impact statements were read at the sentencing by Awhi's mother, sister, best friend, and boyfriend and his parents who were present during the attack.

Skipper was allowed to read his own letter to the court, where he said he had no explanation for his actions.

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