Two jailed for Ashburton manslaughter

April 5, 2017 | By More

A man and woman convicted by a jury of the manslaughter of  “AJ” Arran Gairns at Ashburton have both been jailed for three years seven months.

Almost all details of the sentencing in the High Court at Christchurch have been suppressed because of another trial that is still to be held.

Justice Gerald Nation barred media from reporting the submissions by counsel and his own sentencing remarks.

Nor were the media allowed to report the contents of Mr Gairn’s family’s victim impact statements read in court.

All the evidence in the jury trial was suppressed when it took place in the High Court in Timaru in February, ending with guilty verdicts on manslaughter charges for Olivia Toby Frances Lucas, 29, and Verdun Ashley Perry, 26, of Mayfield.

Perry was also found guilty on a charge of assaulting Mr Gairns with intent to rob him. Lucas had pleaded guilty to that charge during the trial.

Sentencing was transferred to Christchurch.

Mr Gairns, a 34-year-old from Ashburton, was found dead in an industrial area near Ashburton, on June 1, 2014, and four people were charged over his death.

One man who pleaded guilty has already been jailed for four years eight months on manslaughter and assault with intent to rob charges. Justice Nation said the suppression orders would continue until the trial of the fourth person.

Lucas and Perry were given first strike warnings under the system that imposes heavier penalties on repeat violent offenders at their time of the guilty verdicts.

Tags: , ,

Category: News

Pin It on Pinterest