Host of party where woman died sentenced for drugs

DEBORAH MORRIS
Last updated 10:45 29/07/2014

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A man who hosted a Northland party where a woman was swept to her death has been jailed for three years for methamphetamine dealing.

Shan Edward Owen, 29, had held a party at his Haruru home near Paihia when Talia Smith, of Upper Hutt, tried to cross the swollen Waitangi River on July 12 trying to get back to her car.

She was swept away.

Lawyer Paul Surridge told Wellington District Court Judge Denys Barry that Owen had had a bad month, losing a friend and seeing the destruction of his property.

The judge jailed Owen for three years on 11 charges of conspiring to supply methamphetamine, possession of the drug for supply and supplying it.

Owen pleaded guilty to the charges.

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- The Dominion Post

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