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Lyttelton back to jail until July

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/05/2016

A man who tried clear his name of an attempted murder only to be sent back to jail for the same crime won't be released until at least July.

Martin Lyttelton, 57, in 2008 pleaded guilty to trying to kill former business partner Richard Ord, along with shooting Ord's partner, Colleen Fenton, at their North Shore home.

But after serving his sentence of five years and 11 months - half on parole - Lyttelton won a bid to have his guilty plea thrown out in an attempt to clear his name.

He was again convicted by a jury following a trial in March this year.

But after being handed a seven-year sentence last week, it was not clear if he would actually have to serve any more time in jail.

The Parole Board on Monday confirmed he would not have a review until until July, meaning he will remain in prison until then.

His full sentence now runs until March 2019.

During the trial, the prosecution said Lyttelton broke into Mr Ord's North Shore house, shooting Ms Fenton in the thigh with a shotgun and trying to stab Ord with a skinning knife.

But representing himself, Lyttelton argued he had no plan to kill Mr Ord, but wanted to commit suicide in front of him.

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