A 15-year old boy who stabbed an Ashburton mum 14 times
in a frenzied attack before slitting her throat with a second
knife and sexually violating her has today been jailed for life
with a minimum non-parole period of 14 years and six months.
Bronson Kelekolio, now aged 17, can be named for the first
time today after his interim name suppression was lifted.
He earlier admitted the brutal slaying of 22-year old
Ashburton mum Sina Nerisa Solomona at her Cass St home on
December 15, 2012.
Today, the High Court in Christchurch was told he has not
been able to speak about what happened and his motivation
remained a mystery.
The court was told that he knew his victim well.
His father and her mother lived together in an extended
family and was a frequent visitor to her house, Justice
Graham Panckhurst said.
When considering the minimum period he must serve behind
bars, the judge said "age, immaturity is undoubtedly a matter
that I must seriously consider."
He said people that age had the capacity to be rehabilitated.
Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae said Kelekolio had shown "very
"His true motivation behind the offending ... remains
Justice Panckhurst said that he is in a state of denial, no
doubt because of the "enormity"of what he did.
There were gasps of "yes"f rom the packed public gallery when
the sentence of 14 years, six months was handed down today.
Miss Solomona's mother Amuella Solomona gave an emotional
victim impact statement which told of having a "broken
"When this happened to my daughter, I felt numb, lost for
words, and made me think I was to blame for this," she said.
"My heart is in pain. I can feel the anger in my kids."
She said she would rather stay in bed now sleeping, rather
than staying awake and thinking about what happened.
Mrs Solomona now felt like she had to leave New Zealand to
make a fresh start.
Sina's twin sister Loretta Solomona said her sister's slaying
was something she and the Ashburton community would "never
She is now raising Sina's 4-year old daughter whose mum was
killed by the youth the family "treated as a young brother".
"My heart is broken," she said, telling Kelekolio that she
hoped one day he would apologise to Sina's daughter.
Defence counsel James Rapley said his age needed to be taken
into account when considering how life he should serve behind
He spoke of his school struggles, where he was immature and
had low intellectual function.
He was suspended from Ashburton College for disobedience and
From a young age, he was smoking cannabis and drinking to
excess, Mr Rapley said.
He still won't talk about what happened, he said.
"We don't have any insight from him."
- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ