Teen jailed for murder of caregiver

A 13-year-old who pleaded guilty to murdering his caregiver has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.

There was no reaction from Jordan Nelson as he stood, head down, in the High Court at New Plymouth today as Justice Paul Heath sentenced him to 18 years with a minimum non-parole period of six years.

His 50-year-old caregiver was gunned down at her home in Okoki, near New Plymouth, on April 15 this year.

In sentencing, Justice Heath said he had taken into account Nelson's guilty plea, and said an 18-year sentence would be crushing to anyone of Nelson's age.

Up to 20 of Rosemaree Kurth's family and friends, and a large media contingent, were in the courtroom as Ms Kurth's three daughters and partner, Kerry Locke, 56, presented emotional victim impact statements.

Mr Locke is a step-grandfather to Nelson.

None of Ms Kurth's family commented outside court. 

Ms Kurth died almost instantly after being shot.

Police stopped a vehicle, which had been driven from the property, near Waitara soon afterwards.

A gun was recovered at the scene and Nelson was charged with murder. He made his first court appearance the following day.

He entered a guilty plea at New Plymouth High Court on November 15. 

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