Woman pleads guilty to murder, arson

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 10:04 30/07/2014

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A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering a man found dead in his burned-down South Auckland home.

Peter Dixon, 77, died in the bedroom of his Manurewa home in February 2011. At the time the Fire Service said there was nothing to suggest the fire was suspicious.

A 47-year-old woman, whose name is suppressed, was arrested 18 months later after what police described as "a lengthy and complex investigation".

The woman appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where she pleaded guilty to Dixon's murder, and also arson and attempted arson on Dixon's house in Lomas Pl, Manurewa, on the day of the murder.​

She also pleaded guilty to four charges of theft of $12,500 from her workplace and two other counts of arson.

The woman was remanded in custody to sentencing on September 16. 

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