Man found guilty of murdering ex-partner
The former partner of a woman killed in her Richmond home has been found guilty of her murder.
A jury in the High Court in Nelson found Warren Leslie Boulter, 56, guilty of murdering Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, 39, at her Salisbury Rd home in May last year.
The jury retired at 3.30pm yesterday and resumed deliberations today before returning to court at around noon.
A sigh of relief was heard in the public gallery after the jury foreman read the guilty verdict.
Prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue closed the Crown's case yesterday, telling the jury Boulter beat and stabbed Ms Wilkinson-Foley to death in her Richmond home on May 10, last year, before fleeing to Tapawera on his scooter. He then took a bus to Picton where he was arrested two days later.
Boulter and the victim had been in an abusive relationship, and he killed her after she tried to break things off, and distance herself from him, the Crown said.
Defence lawyer Michael Hardy-Jones maintained that Boulter was not the killer.
He said someone else was responsible for Ms Wilkinson-Foley's death, pointing to trace DNA evidence that was found on the alleged murder weapon which did not belong to Boulter.
Justice Ronald Young thanked the seven man, five woman jury for their service during the trial, and also thanked the victim's family for the ''dignity'' they displayed during proceedings.
He remanded Boulter in custody for sentencing on October 28.
Timeline: Adam Roberts
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