A man who murdered an Auckland man with a thistle grubber has
been jailed for life with a non-parole period of 21 years.
Wayne Bracken, 35, appeared in the High Court at Whangarei
today for sentencing on charges of murder and kidnapping of
Auckland man Jack Davis last year, and charges of aggravated
robbery, injuring with intent to injure and burglary of a
Northland couple on an earlier occasion.
Bracken was found guilty of murdering and kidnapping Mr Davis
after a seven-week jury trial in Whangarei earlier this year.
During the trial it emerged that Bracken had Davis hog-tied,
left him tied up in a woolshed for about 20 hours, then
killed him with a thistle grubber before leaving his body
down a ravine off an isolated Northland road.
Today Justice Edwin Wylie said a starting point for Bracken's
"cold blooded" killing was 20 years and he raised it by a
year for aggravating features, including Bracken's continued
denial of any wrongdoing, complete lack of remorse, 18
previous convictions including several for violence, and the
brutality of the murder.
Bracken remained emotionless during the sentencing, staring
straight ahead while several of Mr Davis' family read victim
impact statements to the court.
Mr Davis' family said afterwards they were pleased with the
length of sentence Bracken received.
- Northern Advocate