A 13-year-old who pleaded guilty to murdering his caregiver
has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.
There was no reaction from Jordan Nelson as he stood, head
down, in the High Court at New Plymouth today as Justice Paul
Heath sentenced him to 18 years with a minimum non-parole
period of six years.
His 50-year-old caregiver was gunned down at her home in
Okoki, near New Plymouth, on April 15 this year.
In sentencing, Justice Heath said he had taken into account
Nelson's guilty plea, and said an 18-year sentence would be
crushing to anyone of Nelson's age.
Up to 20 of Rosemaree Kurth's family and friends, and a large
media contingent, were in the courtroom as Ms Kurth's three
daughters and partner, Kerry Locke, 56, presented emotional
victim impact statements.
Mr Locke is a step-grandfather to Nelson.
None of Ms Kurth's family commented outside court.
Ms Kurth died almost instantly after being shot.
Police stopped a vehicle, which had been driven from the
property, near Waitara soon afterwards.
A gun was recovered at the scene and Nelson was charged with
murder. He made his first court appearance the following day.
He entered a guilty plea at New Plymouth High Court on