Killer could be freed next year

The mother of William Lewis, who was stabbed by Oamaru's Daniel Smith four years ago, is upset with the sentence given to Smith at last week's high court trial in Timaru.

Justice Rachel Dunningham handed down a sentence of five years and nine months imprisonment to Smith, who was found guilty of manslaughter in July.

Smith, now aged 20, fatally stabbed Lewis in Exe St, Oamaru in 2010.

In sentencing him, Justice Dunningham set a starting point of eight years but discounted the sentence by 33 per cent after taking into account that Smith was only 16 at the time of the stabbing.

Lewis's mother Jenny Brokenshire said yesterday that meant Smith could be out next year.

"It was hard to hear . . . we're pretty upset as we didn't expect him to get that much discount on his sentence . . . he could be out in 14 months' time," Brokenshire said.

She said the family intended to make known their concerns at any upcoming parole board hearings. 

The Timaru Herald