A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering South Auckland man
Peter Dixon, who was found dead in his Manurewa home after it
caught fire in February 2012.
The 47-year-old woman, who has name suppression, entered the
charge when she appeared in the High Court at Auckland this
She also pleaded guilty to four counts of arson, one of
attempted arson and four charges of theft by a person in a
special relationship - amounting to $12,500.
The four theft and three of the arson charges related to
alleged offending between November 2011 and January 2012 at
the woman's workplace.
The fourth arson and the attempted arson charge related to
alleged offending on the day Mr Dixon died.
Emergency services were called to a fire at Mr Dixon's home
about 5am on February 27, 2012.
They found him dead in his bedroom, where it is believed the
It is understood the house had smoke detectors, which alerted
other members of Mr Dixon's family living at the house and
allowed them to escape.
It was initially thought the blaze was accidental but
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said the charges against the
woman came after a "lengthy and complex" police inquiry.
In a death notice published in the Herald, Mr Dixon, know as
Mita, was described as a much-loved father and father-in-law
and cherished poppa.
The woman is due to be sentenced on September 16.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ