14 May 2014

Man guilty of former partner's murder

6:00 pm on 14 May 2014

A man who repeatedly stabbed his former partner before slitting her throat has been found guilty of murder after a jury trial in the High Court at Auckland.

Karl Eddy, 40, had denied murdering Alicia McCallion in 2012. Ms McCallion was 23 when she was found dead in a sleep-out at the back of her parents' home in the Auckland suburb of Papakura.

Eddy's trial was told he had left a bloody fingerprint on Ms McCallion's door.

Part of his defence was that there was no evidence to show he was violent.

It also argued DNA linked to Eddy found under the dead woman's nails could have been there for some time.

The jury retired at 11.30am and returned the verdict immediately after the lunch break.

Ms McCallion's family read a brief statement in which they thanked the police, paramedics, victim support and Crown lawyers.

"We'd also like to thank the judge and jury for their fortitude during the trial and in coming to a decision that brings our family a measure of closure," sister-in-law Korrinna McCallion said.

"We appreciate the privacy that the media has afforded us these past months and hope that it will continue."

Eddy will be sentenced in on July 3.