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.
JAIL FOR SAMSON
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.