Life sentence for Richmond murder
Warren Leslie Boulter was today sentenced to life in prison for murdering his former partner Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley in her Richmond home.
A jury last month found Boulter, 56, guilty of beating and stabbing Ms Wilkinson-Foley, 39, to death in May last year, after she tried to end an abusive relationship with him.
In sentencing, Justice Ron Young said Boulter’s history of violence, combined with his lack of remorse, were factors in lifting the minimum non-parole period to 13 years and six months.
Ms Wilkinson-Foley’s parents Junet and Lloyd Wilkinson, who discovered their daughter’s body in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of her Salisbury Road home, wrote a victim impact statement, which was read on their behalf in the High Court at Nelson today.
‘‘Finding our daughter that way was heart-wrenching. Our lives have been shattered, our hearts emptied. Part of us has gone with her,’’ the Wilkinson’s wrote.
Crown prosecutor Mark O’Donoghue said Boulter was wrong to think he had a right to try and force Ms Wilkinson-Foley to continue a relationship with him.
‘‘No man owns a woman,’’ he said. ‘‘The victim had the freedom to chose to end the relationship.’’
Defence lawyer Michael Hardy-Jones suggested his client ‘‘flipped-out’’ after reading text messages on Ms Wilkinson-Foley’s phone, and that killing her was not pre-planned.
However, Justice Young said there was clear evidence of his intention. accepted that Boulter may not have intended to kill Ms Wilkinson-Foley when he travelled from Blenheim on his scooter to see her, he said his intention to kill her after confronting her at home was clear.
He initially grabbed one knife, leaving his DNA on it, but rejected it in favour of another knife, of the type he used in his job at a Blenheim meat-works, which he used to stab the victim ‘‘repeatedly and violently’’ in the neck, Justice Young said.
He described Boulter as callous, leaving Ms Wilkinson-Foley to bleed to death while he showered and attempted to clean the evidence.
Boulter’s continued denial of involvement emphasised the ‘‘cold-blooded’’ nature of his crime, the judge said.
Speaking outside of court Ms Wilkinson-Foley’s parents said they were pleased with the result, despite it being unable to bring their daughter back.
‘‘We do believe that justice has been done,’’ Junet Wilkinson said.
‘‘Hopefully now we can move on, and hopefully Sharyn can find peace.
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