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Home detention for killing partner

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/06/2017

A woman who killed her partner, a Black Power member, in Eltham, has been sentenced to eight months' home detention.

Rex Karaitiana died on June 3, 2016, two days after being stabbed by Helen Joyce Rose, 47, at her home in the South Taranaki town.

Justice Susan Thomas said at the sentencing in the High Court at New Plymouth on Friday that she took into account that Rose had no previous convictions, had expressed remorse and was previously of good character.

Rose had mental health issues, including anxiety.

She had been in a relationship with Mr Karaitiana for four years and there was a violent argument about Mr Karaitiana's son, also a Black Power member, being paroled to her home.

Mr Karaitiana had punched Rose in the head and body and said, "bring it on b----" when Rose took a small pocket knife from her pocket.

Justice Thomas acknowledged Karaitiana's family in the court and said the family was devastated by his loss.

"They are angry and hurt. I need to make it clear, however, that the facts of this case would not support a charge of murder."

Rose had written a letter of apology to the family and had been compliant with electronically monitored bail.

The four months she had already spent in custody were also taken into account. During the time in prison, she was in protective custody in a small cell 24 hours a day except when allowed to have a shower.

The judge said Rose had to attend an assessment for any counselling, treatment or programme as directed by a probation officer.

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