Ati­a­muri mur­derer sen­tenced

South Waikato News - - Front Page - MATT SHAND

The only con­so­la­tion that whanau of mur­dered woman Nina Thomp­son have is that Jamie Te Hiko will never hurt her again.

In March, it took a jury 45 min­utes to find Te Hiko, 44, guilty of mur­der­ing Quee­nie Se­lena Thomp­son, also known as Nina and Quee­nie Karaka, at their home in Ati­a­muri in April 2016.

She had been as­saulted with a me­tal pole and struck at least 70 times by Te Hiko, who then left her to die on the bed while he slept.

Te Hiko re­ceived his life sen­tence at Ro­torua High Court on June 9, but not be­fore her fam­ily got a chance to ad­dress her killer di­rectly.

State­ments were read out by her mother, Teena Thomp­son, daugh­ter Tara-lise Karaka, and cousin Char­lie Te Pana. Te Hiko sat, flanked by two court of­fi­cers.

‘‘I gave birth to a beau­ti­ful baby girl who grew from in­fant to teenager to a mum,’’ her mother said.

‘‘The high­light of her life was be­com­ing a nan. She adored her moko.

‘‘Af­ter 42 years and 10 months, you stole her life. We’re not sup­posed to out­live our chil­dren. It’s un­nat­u­ral. I still hear her voice in my sleep.’’

Teena said Nina al­ways saw the good in peo­ple and al­ways wanted to help oth­ers back on to their feet.

‘‘You would have been the per­fect pro­ject for her,’’ she said.

‘‘The only con­so­la­tion we have is that you will never hurt her again.

‘‘You have not just taken Nina’s life, you have dev­as­tated our fam­ily.’’

Her daugh­ter Tara-lise said it felt like a light had been turned off in her world.

By en­ter­ing a not-guilty plea, Te Hiko was not el­i­gi­ble for dis­counts to his sen­tence and re­ceived a min­i­mum non­pa­role pe­riod of 17 years im­pris­on­ment.

While he ad­mit­ted hit­ting her, he claimed he never meant to kill her. Jus­tice Mur­ray Gil­bert dis­agreed with Te Hiko’s ac­count of the events and said his tes­ti­mony was sim­ply a means of mit­i­gat­ing his own cul­pa­bil­ity.

‘‘Part of that has been to blame oth­ers and the other way was to over­state the amount he was af­fected by drugs and al­co­hol,’’ he said.

‘‘It is clear you com­pletely lost con­trol and beat her to death in an ex­tremely vi­o­lent, fren­zied at­tack.’’

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Keinan Ngapo with his mul­ti­ple Golden Val­ley Coun­try Mu­sic Award tro­phies.

PHOTO: MATT SHAND

Jamie Te Hiko.

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