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Father pleads guilty to son's murder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/02/2017

© Rex Features A man has admitted to shooting and killing his son at a rural property in Hawke's Bay, but his lawyer says he should not serve a life sentence.

Dean Cole, 62, pleaded guilty to murdering his son, 42-year-old Blair Cole, in Mohaka last October when he appeared in the High Court at Wellington on Thursday.

He will be sentenced in Gisborne in March.

But his lawyer, Susan Hughes, QC, told Justice Robert Dobson she would asking the court to pass down a sentence of less than life imprisonment.

New Zealand laws states that life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 10 years is the minimum penalty for murder, unless such a sentence can be shown to be manifestly unjust.

Ms Hughes said submissions would be made on a number of matters.

Blair Cole was found with a gunshot wound after emergency services were called to the rural home on October 12.

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