The parents of a murdered Richmond woman are pleased that a jury has found her former partner guilty, but say it won't bring their daughter back.
Junet and Lloyd Wilkinson were both in tears after a jury yesterday found Warren Leslie Boulter, 56, guilty of murdering their daughter Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, 39, in her home last year.
"We are pleased with the verdict, but it won't bring her back," Mrs Wilkinson said after the verdict.
"It won't bring our daughter back," Mr Wilkinson repeated through tears, outside the High Court in Nelson.
Earlier in the four-day trial, the Wilkinsons had given evidence of finding their daughter dead on the kitchen floor of her Salisbury Rd home on May 10 last year after they became concerned she had not turned up for work. She had been beaten and stabbed.
The jury retired at 3.30pm on Thursday and resumed deliberations yesterday before returning to court 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 on Thursday, telling the jury Boulter beat and stabbed Ms Wilkinson-Foley to death in her Salisbury Rd home before fleeing to Tapawera on his scooter. He then took a bus to Picton, where he was arrested two days later.
Boulter had killed Ms Wilkinson-Foley because he was upset that she tried to break off their relationship, 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.
About 15 people, including the victim's family, relatives of the accused, and members of the police investigation team were in the gallery for the verdict.
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.
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