Man jailed for murdering jogger

03:11, Dec 03 2013
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SENTENCED: Matthew Kinghorn in court.

The man who deliberately ran down and killed a New Plymouth woman has been given a mandatory life sentence for murder with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.

Matthew Kinghorn, 27, murdered Anne Elizabeth McCullough, a mother of two, when he hit her with his car on October 20 last year as she was out jogging on Frankely Rd.

A large number of family and friends along with police who investigated the case were in the High Court in New Plymouth today to hear the sentencing.

McCullough's sisters and her husband Jeff and son Ollie read out victim impact statements prior to sentencing describing the murder as callous and life-changing.

Justice Rodney Hansen rejected the Crown's submission that the murder occurred during the course of a serious sexual offence.

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