22 May 2019

Whanganui grandmother pleads guilty to murdering teen granddaughter

10:43 am on 22 May 2019

A Whanganui teacher aide has pleaded guilty to murdering her teenage granddaughter.

Name suppression was lifted today for Lorraine Smith, 59, who was charged with killing 13-year-old Kalis Smith in March.

The grandmother appeared in the High Court in Whanganui this morning via video link.

Police said they found the teenager's body at Smith's house on Niblett Street just after 8.20pm on 15 March, after getting a call from a person saying they had harmed a family member.

At her last appearance, Judge Philip Crayton ordered a psychiatric report done to assess Smith's fitness and sanity.

However, today Smith cried as she pleaded guilty to murder before Justice Simon France.

She has been remanded in custody until sentencing in July.