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Hastings murderer's appeal denied

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/05/2017

A Hastings man who murdered his former partner at her home has had an appeal to cut his sentence short denied.

Raymond Shayne Christison pleaded guilty to murdering Gail Constant Bower in 2013, but in April told the Court of Appeal the minimum sentence imposed was too long.

He argued his remorse, guilty plea and diminished responsibility - given he was diagnosed with a depressive illness after the attack - weren't taken into account.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a 17-year non-parole period in September 2013.

Previously Christison argued he had only meant to scratch Ms Bower's car when he went to her home but, in a ruling on Tuesday, the court said that had been contradicted by him turning up with a balaclava and a hunting knife.

He'd allegedly told his mother he "just wanted to kill the bitch", according to transcripts.

The court declined the appeal on the basis that the offending was "carefully and deliberately planned", involved very high levels of brutality, and Christison had no obvious mental health concerns.

Ms Bower died from "a short but extremely violent attack", and had received 23 stab wounds among several other injuries.

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