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Woman avoids jail over fatal stabbing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/04/2016

A Porirua woman has been given a home-based sentence over the death of her partner, believed to be the first time someone convicted of a stabbing manslaughter hasn't been sent to prison.

Amanda Taitapanui, 29, was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Thursday to 12 months' home detention for the manslaughter of her partner Mura Dean Tagatauli, 37.

Mr Tagatauli died in hospital in March last year after being stabbed in the leg and the knife hit an artery following a drunken fight.

Taitapanui was originally charged with murder, but the charge was downgraded to manslaughter, which she admitted.

Taitapanui, a mother of five, and Mr Tagatauli had a history of violence and she suffered from battered woman syndrome.

Justice Dennis Clifford deemed a home detention term was appropriate.

He believed it was the first time someone had not been jailed for a stabbing manslaughter case.

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