Life for woman who murdered lover

Last updated 16:14 04/02/2013
Michelle Hoffman-Tamm

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A Rotorua woman has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her casual lover over $20.

In the High Court at Rotorua this afternoon Justice Patrick Keane sentenced Gwenda Leigh Sloane, 44, to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years, for the murder of Michelle Hoffmann-Tamm in Rotorua in November.

The judge said there was a high degree of brutality and depravity in the murder, but gave her three years off a potential sentence of 20 years for an early guilty plea. 

Sloane bashed and then stabbed Hoffmann-Tamm, 51, up to 33 times at Sloane's bedsit following an all-night drinking session after accusing Hoffmann-Tamm of stealing $20 from her wallet.

Sloane left Hoffmann-Tamm lying on the floor for a day before going to great lengths to clean the flat and then dispose of the body under rubbish off an isolated forest road near Murupara.

Sloane was interviewed three times by police before a leading police to the body a fortnight after Hoffmann-Tamm was murdered.

She pleaded guilty to murder without going to trial on December 12.

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- The Dominion Post

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