Killer’s sen­tence stuns grand­fa­ther

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

David White felt his jaw drop when he heard the sen­tence handed down to his daugh­ter’s killer.

Mata­mata horse trainer Greg Meads was sen­tenced in the High Court at Hamil­ton last week to life im­pris­on­ment for the mur­der of his wife, He­len, at their Banks Rd prop­erty in Septem­ber 2009.

Meads has been or­dered to serve 11 years in prison be­fore he will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

‘‘I was ab­so­lutely gob­s­macked. I re­ally couldn’t be­lieve it,’’ Mr White said. ‘‘I went there think­ing he would get 15 years and oddly I would have ac­cepted 15 years. What makes a pre­med­i­tated mur­der so ac­cept­able? This de­ci­sion has riled New Zealan­ders. There are a lot of peo­ple out there that just can’t be­lieve it.’’

Meads was also di­rected to pay a repa­ra­tion pack­age to Mrs Meads’ fam­ily of $65,000.

Mrs Meads’ daugh­ters Kim­berly and Sa­man­tha, and her par­ents Mr White and his wife Pam will re­ceive $15,000 each for emo­tional harm. Mrs Meads’ sis­ter Robyn will re­ceive $5000.

Mr White es­ti­mates Meads to be worth $15 mil­lion but he has main­tained he is not in a fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to pay child sup­port to the Whites to as­sist with the cost of car­ing for his and Mrs Meads’ daugh­ter Sa­man­tha.

Mr White said he and his wife were strug­gling fi­nan­cially and he of­ten won­dered what the fu­ture would be like.

‘‘I might have to put a work wanted ad­ver­tise­ment in your pa­per. I have no idea how we are go­ing to sur­vive,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are not ask­ing for a for­tune. We are just ask­ing for a hand.’’

De­spite the events of the last year and few months, Mr White said he and his wife would con­tinue to pro­vide the best up­bring­ing for their grand­daugh­ter Sa­man­tha.

‘‘This has noth­ing to do with find­ing the strength to carry on. The truth is we are knack­ered. But when you are a grand­par­ent some­thing else kicks in and you find your­self just do­ing it,’’ Mr White said. ‘‘To­day is a new day. There is noth­ing else to do but go home and get on with it.’’

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