Victim's mother slams killer's appeal
The mother of murdered Christchurch boy Hayden Miles says news his killer is appealing his murder conviction has brought back the trauma of her son's brutal death.
The Court of Appeal of New Zealand confirmed Gavin John Gosnell had lodged an appeal of his conviction and sentence for killing the 15-year-old in August 2011.
Gosnell, 28, was last month sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 18 years. He was found guilty of murder after a seven-day jury trial in Christchurch in April.
Gosnell repeatedly punched and kicked Hayden in his Cashel St flat, left him badly injured on a couch overnight, and on finding him dead the next day, cut up his body and buried the remains in two cemetery graves.
Gosnell admitted the dismemberment but his defence to the murder accusation was that the boy's death was manslaughter.
Before sentencing in the High Court in Christchurch on June 5, Gosnell dismissed his defence counsel, Craig Ruane, and read a statement saying he wanted to appeal against his conviction because he believed there had been a miscarriage of justice.
He said he took responsibility for assaulting Hayden and dismembering his body, but he could not take responsibility for his death or his murder.
"I am not a murderer and I did not murder Hayden Miles," he told the High Court.
Hayden's mother, Jacqui Miles, said Gosnell's appeal was ''outrageous'' and ''an absolute waste of taxpayers' money'' on the back of the High Court trial.
''The news of this appeal brings all the pain and trauma back to me and my family,'' she said.
''We have already suffered enough.''
The family would ''continue to fight for justice for Hayden'', Jacqui Miles said.
The Court of Appeal said no date had yet been set for the appeal to be heard.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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