Jail for woman's killer

Last updated 09:46 18/02/2014
Donnelly
MURDERED: Mary Donnelly was intellectually disabled but lived independently.

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The killer of a vulnerable Upper Hutt woman has  been sentenced to serve at least 12 years of a life imprisonment term.

Kharn Tamaka, 29, was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington today having earlier pleaded guilty to murdering Mary Donnelly on August 29, 2012.

Donnelly was intellectually disabled but lived independently.

The court was told this morning of her innocence and love of fun, and love of art. Her speech impediment disappeared when she sang and was a member of the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club karaoke team.

Tamaka also had his problems, having suffered oxygen deprivation at birth. He had a history of aggressive sexual behaviour beginning as early as eight years old and offered no explanation for the murder of Donnelly, Justice Ron Young said.

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- The Dominion Post

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