8 Oct 2020

Case #008 - The Pamper Party Murder

From Crimes NZ, 9:00 am on 8 October 2020

In October 2016, a group of women gathered in West Auckland for what was supposed to be a fun social event – a chance to do their nails, catch up with friends, and have a few drinks.

But the party took a bizarre and violent turn, when Anna Browne stabbed mother-of-two Carly Stewart to death. The case became known as the ‘pamper party’ stabbing.

The High Court at Auckland

The High Court in Auckland Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

In the High Court in Auckland, Browne was found guilty of murder in 2017 and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years.

Browne stabbed Ms Stewart once in the head with a large kitchen knife, inflicting an 11 centimetre stab wound.

She died after losing massive amounts of blood.

Defence lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg QC, represented Browne. 


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