Fam­ily’s grief real and in­con­solable

Killer jailed for 17 years for farmer’s death

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

The man who brought “real, in­con­solable grief” to the fam­ily of 77-year-old farmer Peter Nils­son has been jailed for 17 years, with a min­i­mum non­pa­role pe­riod of 15 years.

Mar­cus Bax, 39,, who had ad­mit­ted mur­der­ing Mr Nils­son in his bed, throw­ing a large chip­per bar at him then at­tack­ing him with a butcher’s knife, was sen­tenced in the High Court at Whangarei on Tues­day.

Mr Nils­son died as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple cuts to the neck.

Jus­tice Ed­win Wylie said that for many years Bax had looked up to Mr Nils­son as a role model and a fa­ther fig­ure. He had been treated as one of the fam­ily. At some point, how­ever, he had learned some­thing about Mr Nils­son’s past that had “dis­ap­pointed” him.

On Au­gust 4, 2016, Bax, who was liv­ing with Mr Nils­son’s adult son and daugh­ter, and Ms Nils­son’s part­ner, drove to the vic­tim’s home north of Te Kao and at­tacked him in his bed, us­ing the chip­per bar and a knife, in­flict­ing in­juries to his chest and ab­domen, in­clud­ing two frac­tured ribs., Both items he found at the prop­erty.

He re­turned to his home, cov­ered in blood and hold­ing a butcher’s knife, telling the son and daugh­ter what he had done and ask­ing them to help him de­stroy ev­i­dence. Fear­ing for their safety, they com­plied.

Ms Nils­son’s part­ner drove to Mr Nils­son’s home, found the body and in­formed the daugh­ter, who called the po­lice.

In her vic­tim im­pact state­ment, Ms Nils­son said she had known Bax for more than 20 years and had trusted him enough to play with her daugh­ter and to take her swim­ming, hunt­ing and to the beach.

“I want to hate you but you’re just an alien to me,” she said.

Words could not ex­press her fam­ily’s pain and an­guish.

Bax had writ­ten to the fam­ily, ex­press­ing the hope that one day he would be able to apol­o­gise to them in per­son and seek­ing their for­give­ness.

Jus­tice Wylie noted that Bax suf­fered var­i­ous men­tal health is­sues, but had been found fit to stand trial.

"I want to hate you but you’re just an alien to me" Vic­tim’s daugh­ter

SEN­TENCED: Mar­cus Bax has been jailed for a min­i­mum of 15 years for the mur­der of Peter Nils­son.

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