The man responsible for the death of Kerepehi woman Sara Niethe - whose body is still missing after 10 years - has been jailed for six years' seven months jail.
Mark Edward Pakenham stood emotionless in the dock as Justice Timothy Brewer handed down the sentence in the High Court at Hamilton.
Justice Brewer also found that Pakenham knows where Ms Niethe's body is but simply denies to reveal it.
The 51-year-old shocked Ms Niethe's family in February by admitting the charge of manslaughter by way of administering the then class B drug methamphetamine after appearing in court.
Today, the court - which was full of Ms Niethe's family and friends - heard that Pakenham confessed, in a recorded conversation with an associate in October 2009, to shooting "her up full of s***", that Ms Niethe had "never been blasted before" and that it "f***ed her up".
Pakenham is then heard saying it "wasn't a nice way to go" as Ms Niethe "started squirming".
Ms Niethe's brother, Lee Marbeck, told the court today he was still frustrated with Pakenham's refusal to ''remember'' where his sister's body was.
''I have found it near impossible to put into words the torment you have put my family through ... (Sara) will always be in our heats and forever in our minds."
Ms Niethe, a mother of three who was living with her mother Eileen Marbeck at the time, has not been seen since borrowing her car and visiting Pakenham's Kaihere home 35 kilometres northwest of Morrinsville on March 30, 2003.
Until now, Pakenham has denied knowing what happened to Ms Niethe, insisting the couple had spent the fateful evening drinking and smoking.
Despite an extensive search of roadside waterways, swamps and banks across the Hauraki Plains, neither Ms Niethe or her car were found.
In 2011 police charged Pakenham with her murder. The charge was subsequently reduced to manslaughter by the Crown Solicitor.
Crown prosecutor Ross Douch said the fact Ms Niethe's body has not been found and Pakenham's failure to provide her medical assistance were two key aggravating factors.
Pakenham's lawyer Paul Mabey QC said as reflected in the charge, his client did not intend on killing Ms Niethe.
Her friends said in statements to police that it was Ms Niethe's choice, "he didn't hold her down or anything."
Pakenham did not dispute that he got rid of her body, however he didn't know where it was because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
However, Mr Mabey conceded the only mitigating factor was Pakenham's guilty plea.
Justice Brewer said Pakenham had caused huge distress and pain to Ms Niethe's family and continues to do so.
He likened Pakenham's refusal to reveal where her body is to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice as he wanted to avoid being caught.
Justice Brewer did not give Pakenham any credit for remorse or his "belated attempt to make amends" through restorative justice that were turned down by the family.
Pakenham was also sentenced on two charges of injuring with intent to injure relating to two other women in 1990-1991 and 1992.
No minimum non-parole period was handed down.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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