Man given life sentence for murder

A man who strangled an intellectually disabled woman in her Upper Hutt home has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.

Mary Donnelly, 38, was found dead in her Ebdentown St flat by her sister on August 30, 2012.

Former neighbour Kharn Tamaka, 29, was sentenced by Justice Ronald Young in the High Court at Wellington today to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years.

Tamaka earlier pleaded guilty to murder.

Ms Donnelly had lived independently with family support and weekly check-ups from a caregiver. She was last seen with Tamaka at her flat the day before her body was found.

Tamaka was charged in September 2012 and pleaded guilty to murder in December last year.


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