29 Apr 2021

Woman guilty of killing partner sentenced to home detention

From Checkpoint, 5:48 pm on 29 April 2021

A woman who shot and killed her partner, thinking he was an intruder trying to steal her cannabis, has been sentenced to nine months' home detention.

Amy Smith was found guilty of the manslaughter of her partner of 12 years, Danny Taylor, on a rural property north-west of Auckland in April 2019.

His family said their lives have been ripped apart, as Smith, who is said to be genuinely remorseful, cried in the dock.

Jordan Bond reports.