Liam Ashley's killer gets preventive detention

The man who killed teenager Liam Ashley in the back of a prison van four years ago was today given preventive detention for taking another prison inmate hostage and threatening to kill a prison guard.

George Baker is already serving a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years non-parole for murdering Liam Ashley whom he strangled and stomped to death in the back of a prison van taking them to Mt Eden Remand Centre in Auckland in 2006.

He appeared in the High Court in Auckland today for sentencing over two other unrelated incidents.

In August he was convicted of kidnapping and threatening to kill after taking an elderly prisoner hostage with a makeshift knife in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo on August 27, 2009.

At a separate trial a week earlier he was found guilty of attempted kidnapping, relating to an incident in 2008 when he tried to take hostage the occupants of a prison van with another makeshift knife before being overpowered by prison guards.

Baker was manacled and accompanied by four security guards and two police officers for today's sentencing during which he was overheard to say he was likely to reoffend.

Members of Liam Ashley's family were in court.




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