The man found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Hamilton
woman Rae Portman will serve at least 21 years in jail.
Paraire "Friday" Te Awa, 33, was sentenced in the High Court
at Auckland today to life imprisonment with a minimum
non-parole period of 21 years..
Dean Michael Addison, 36, will serve 12 years in jail for
kidnapping and two drugs charges. He must serve a minimum
term of six years rather then being eligible for parole after
a third of his sentence.
The men were found guilty at a jury trial last year but Te
Awa's lawyer Peter Kaye said his client felt "utterly
hopeless" ahead of his lengthy prison term.
"He continues to deny any responsibility at all for the
murder of Ms Portman. He maintains totally his innocence of
the charges," he told the court today.
Paraire "Friday" Te Awa. Photo / File / Greg Bowker
Ms Portman, 32, went missing in June 2012 after last
being seen in a Mt Albert hotel. Her body was found dumped in a
pit and covered in rubbish bags on an Ardmore farm near
Auckland three months later. She was four months' pregnant when
she was killed.
The court heard that Te Awa hog-tied, gagged and covered Ms
Portman with a sheet. He put her in the back of a car, before
driving from Papakura to Hamilton where he strangled her with
a motorcycle strop at an industrial site.
Addison ordered the kidnapping of Ms Portman, who was
involved in drug dealing, to teach her a lesson offending
described by Crown persecutor Kieran Raftery as "cruel" and
Justice Kit Toogood said the slightly-built Ms Portman would
have felt unbearable stress in the final moments of her life.
In the car she was crumpled into a small space and would have
found it hard to breathe.
"[A] description of the methodical and unemotional way in
which you ended Ms Portman's life was chilling," he told Te
"The evidence that shortly after the murder you appeared in a
calm and relaxed state... all suggest a considerable
disassociation from the reality of taking the life of another
person. For those reasons I consider you extremely
Justice Toogood said he accepted that Addison didn't intend
for Ms Portman to be murdered, but he was the "mastermind"
behind what happened.
"You are responsible for setting the tragic events in
motion... Your lack of remorse borders on callous."
Ms Portman's mother Rebecca Norton read a victim impact
statement in which she recalled Addison's behaviour after the
He was a pallbearer at the funeral and was welcomed Ms
Portman's family's house, telling her brother Ben he would
find out who was responsible for the murder.
Addison's wife was also fishing for information about what Ms
"To me you are just as guilty of her murder as Te Awa," Ms
Norton told Addison. "What do I feel about Dean Addison?
Nothing. What goes around comes around."
The family house had since been blessed to remove their sense
Ms Norton described the stress she has been under since her
daughter's death, saying she had post-traumatic stress
disorder over losing a "beautiful woman" and her unborn
She warned against getting involved in the drugs underworld.
"In the end, it's every man for himself."
Addison was also convicted of supply of methamphetamine, and
possession of a precursor substance for the purpose of
A third man, Lee Rigby, is serving a prison sentence for his
part in the kidnapping. At last year's trial he gave evidence
for the Crown.
- Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ