17 Oct 2017

Hamilton woman pleads guilty to manslaughter of flatmate

10:53 am on 17 October 2017

A Hamilton woman has admitted causing the death of her flatmate by recklessly discharging a firearm.

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Hamilton High Court Photo: RNZ / Edward Gay

Tiffani Sutcliffe, 23, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in the High Court in Hamilton this morning.

Sutcliffe shot Rhys Gordon Williamson, 40, with a sawn-off shotgun in their home in Frankton in May.

She said Mr Williamson had been playing around when he presented the firearm at her. She took it, asked if it was loaded, and almost immediately pulled the trigger.

Mr Williamson died shortly afterwards.

Ms Sutcliffe was remanded for sentencing in November.