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Eight years jail for Otahuhu killing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

A man who admitted to being part of a fatal beating at a south Auckland boarding house has been handed a eight-year prison sentence.

Wiremu Ormsby, 26, was jailed for eight years and seven months after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of 33-year-old Tauailapalapa Mati.

Mr Mati died after being hit by a metal bar and allegedly choked while visiting the address in Otahuhu in July last year.

Justice Graham Lang imposed a minimum period of imprisonment of fours years and four months on Ormsby in the High Court at Auckland.

He said Ormsby had driven to the boarding house at his brother's behest - who took exception to things a drunk Mr Mati was saying - and almost immediately attacked Mr Mati with the metal weapon he had brought with him.

He then left the room, where Mr Mati later died.

The fact Ormsby had arrived armed and was not provoked before the attack showed the beating was premeditated, Justice Lang said.

Mr Mati's partner, Jenivive Ah'Sing, said she was still unable to tell their two young sons he had been killed - instead telling them it was an accident.

She told the court how the she had found the boys sleeping bundled in his clothes for comfort and how one had stood on the road after his seventh birthday, waiting for his dad to arrive.

"How as a mother to explain to our children daddy wasn't coming home?"

In a letter read in court, Ormsby expressed his regret to Mr Mati's family.

"This was not meant to end up this way. From the top to the bottom of my heart, I am sorry for ruining your lives."

The court heard Ormsby had two previous convictions for violent offences and was a former member of the Killa Beez gang.

Ormsby was originally charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but that was upgraded to murder, before he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Another man, Victor Rubie, 24, faces a trial in October, charged with Mr Mati's murder.

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