The man who murdered and cut up Christchurch schoolboy Hayden
Miles has lost his appeal against his conviction and
Gavin Gosnell was found guilty of Hayden's murder after a
trial in the High Court at Christchurch last year.
He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole
period of 18 years.
Gosnell, 29, appealed against his conviction and sentence in
the Court of Appeal on a number of grounds, including that he
wanted to give evidence but felt pressured at the last minute
not to and that the prosecutor's emphasis on Hayden's
dismemberment had an insurmountable prejudicial effect.
In its decision, the Court of Appeal said Gosnell's lawyer
Craig Ruane handled a difficult trial with commendable
professionalism and did not believe Gosnell was pressured not
to give evidence. It also found that while the evidence about
Hayden's dismemberment was shocking, the Crown did not make
more of it than was fair.
Gosnell admitted killing Hayden, 15, after a prolonged
assault at a Cashel St flat on August 22, 2011.
Gosnell then cut the schoolboy into 12 pieces with a $20
jigsaw. He dumped the remains in two city graveyards and
buried the organs in the backyard.
He denied murderous intent at his trial and asked to be
convicted of manslaughter.