Twelve year sentence for tourist's murder

Last updated 17:44 06/12/2012
Rawiri James Samuel
Fairfax NZ
JAILED: Rawiri James Samuel is sentenced in the Rotorua High Court for the murder of Polish man Roman Skorek.

Relevant offers

National News

Upscale debut for PM's DJ son, but no photos Zhuoyi Hu: 9-year-old golf phenomenon Drinking water won't beat new booze limit Number of women accusing Bill Cosby hits 20 At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack Fugitive killer Phillip Smith back in NZ Phillip Hughes victim of 'incredible bad luck' Trailer for Star Wars Episode VII released Men wanted for Queenstown kidnapping Black Caps side 'struggling' with Hughes death

A Rotorua man has been jailed for at least 12 years for murdering an elderly tourist in a city park.

In the High Court at Rotorua today Justice Peters sentenced Rawiri Samuels, 22, to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years for the murder of Roman Skore, 64, of Niue Island.

Samuels was with a group of four men who brutally beat Mr Skorek unconscious in Kuirau Park last January and then returned later with the intention of killing him because they believed he would remember their names.

Justice Peters called it a brutal attack on a vulnerable man.

Three other men have pleaded not guilty to murder and will stand trial early next year.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content