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Canadian jury deliberates on New Zealander

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/04/2016
Former Napier city councillor Peter Beckett. © TVNZ Former Napier city councillor Peter Beckett.

14-person jury is deliberating in the trial of former Napier councillor Peter Beckett who is accused of murdering his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett, in August 2010 in Canada.

Ms Letts-Beckett drowned while fishing on Arrow Lake, British Columbia. The Crown alleges Beckett, 59, murdered her by shoving her off the boat so he could profit from her inheritance, insurance money and their house. Beckett claims Letts-Beckett committed suicide or drowned accidentally.

The trial has been running at the British Columbia Supreme Court for nearly three months.

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