6 Sep 2019

Gang leader sentenced over McLaren Falls death

From Checkpoint, 5:40 pm on 6 September 2019

A former gang leader with a string of previous violent offences, including murder and rape, has been sent back to prison for 13 years for his part in the death of a Ngaruawahia man in July last year.

Twenty-six-year old Mitchell Paterson died from a choke-hold in the back of a car in Hamilton and his body was later thrown off the bridge at McLaren Falls in Bay of Plenty.

Leon Wilson, aged 49, was sentenced in the High Court in Hamilton for Mr Paterson's manslaughter, kidnapping, and for conspiring to defeat justice.

RNZ reporter, Andrew McRae was in court.