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Car park murderer jailed for 10 years

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

An Upper Hutt man who murdered a mother-of-two after getting into a fight with her brother outside a party at her flat has been jailed for at least 10 years.

Roy Mataki, 43, was found guilty of murdering Sherena Williams in February but the jury acquitted him of wounding her younger brother Damien during the confrontation.

Mataki says he was defending himself as Ms Williams punched him in the face before stabbing her in the neck in a car park outside the party at Ms Williams' home in March last year.

He was drunk at the time of the attack, and had been carrying the large knife during the day.

Despite the immediate and intensive medical attention Ms Williams received she died in hospital the next day.

Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Mataki was stable at the time of the attack and his condition had no bearing on the sentence handed down by Justice David Collins.

The victim's sister, Anita Quin, told the High Court at Wellington on Friday that her nieces will have to go through life knowing that their mother had been murdered.

"It destroys me to see her daughters broken from the loss of their mother," she said during her victim impact statement.

"You have broken my heart Roy, you have broken all of our hearts. If you had just walked away my sister would have been alive."

Justice David Collins said a starting point of 11 years was excessive given Mataki's genuine remorse and ongoing medical condition and downgraded the sentence by one year.

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