26 Feb 2016

Third strike ruling would be 'manifestly unjust'

1:22 pm on 26 February 2016

An Auckland man has avoided being sent to prison for life with no parole under the three-strikes law.

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Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

At the High Court in Auckland this morning Ben Bosch Herkt was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years for the murder of Matthew Greenslade in Papakura in 2014.

He had repeatedly stabbed Mr Greenslade after a drinking session.

Crown lawyers had requested he be sentenced to life without parole under the three-strikes law but Justice Moore ruled that would have been manifestly unjust to Herkt.