19 Aug 2014

Supreme Court dismisses killer's appeal

12:12 pm on 19 August 2014

A convicted murderer has had an application to appeal his sentance dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Paul Andrew Gottermeyer stabbed his estranged wife in her home in July 2012, before shutting the couple's three-year-old daughter in a room with a drink and snacks and leaving her alone in the house for some time. She was discovered later the same day by her mother's partner.

Gottermeyer pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

On appeal by the Solicitor-General, that was increased to 12 years.

Mr Gottermeyer, who suffers a psychiatric condition, applied to the Supreme Court to overturn a Court of Appeal decision, and that that has now been dismissed.