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A 29-year-old father-of-two has been jailed for four-and-a-half years still not ac­cept­ing that he caused the drown­ing death of Ar­ran Gairns when he was threat­ened and chased dur­ing a drugs rob­bery. Kooly Man­gaki Te Tomo was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter and as­sault with in­tent to rob at a week-long trial in the High Court at Ti­maru in May. But at his pro­ba­tion in­ter­view ahead of his sen­tenc­ing in the Christchurch High Court, he said Gairns’ death was ‘‘not my fault’’. Te Tomo was the fourth per­son jailed for man­slaugh­ter over the May 2014 death of Gairns dur­ing a metham­phetamine shake-down.


Zariah Jae Sam­son, 25, has been sen­tenced in the Christchurch High Court to a six year, three month’ jail term for the man­slaugh­ter of for­mer Ash­bur­ton man, 30-year-old Cory James Pro­tos. Sam­son as­saulted Pro­tos for hours, then stran­gled him with a com­puter cord be­fore push­ing his body un­der her bed. She con­fessed the next day. Jus­tice Cameron Man­der in­cluded a non-pa­role pe­riod of three years and three months. Sam­son has al­ready served that term since be­ing ar­rested, but she would have to face the Pa­role Board to ap­ply for her re­lease.

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