17 Sep 2017

Ex-Napier city councillor found guilty of first-degree murder

4:47 pm on 17 September 2017

The former Napier city councillor, Peter Beckett, has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a Canadian jury.

Laura Letts-Beckett was allegedly murdered by her NZ husband Peter Beckett.

Laura Letts-Beckett Photo: Facebook

The Canadian media reports the 62-year-old has received an automatic life sentence and will spend at least 25 years in prison.

After four days of deliberation, a jury at the British Columbia Supreme Court found Beckett guilty of drowning his wife for financial gain.

The prosecution said he drowned Laura Letts-Beckett during an evening boat ride on a lake in 2010.

The prosecutor argued that Beckett's motive was to cash in on his wife's life insurance policy.

It was Beckett's second trial - the first ended with the jury unable to agree on a verdict.

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