24 Oct 2019

Woman convicted over death of Ngaruawahia man has sentence reduced

4:47 pm on 24 October 2019

A woman who was one of eight people convicted over the death of a Ngaruawahia man last year has had her sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

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Kyra Betteridge was sentenced to 21 months in jail, which been replaced with eight months of home detention.

She pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to defeat the course of justice and one of misconduct in respect of human remains in relation to the death of 26-year-old Mitchell Paterson.

Mr Paterson died from a chokehold in the back of a car in Hamilton and his body was later thrown off a bridge at McLaren Falls in the Bay of Plenty.

Betteridge appealed her sentence after the High Court declined to convert it into home detention.

The Court of Appeal found that the pre-sentence report was unfairly prejudicial to Betteridge at sentencing.

It said that while there was no error in the Justice Jagose's sentencing approach, the foundation for it was flawed.

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