John Frederick Ericson
NZ Herald story here
From the Dominion 20th April 2000
A Blenheim man who admitted murdering his wife had no recollection of striking the fatal blows, the High Court at Christchurch was told yesterday.
John Frederick Ericson, 37, unemployed, was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment by Justice Panckhurst. Ericson had attacked his wife, Sandra, on July 31 while she was asleep in bed, striking her 22 times in the back of the head with a hatchet. Ericson rang police after the attack. Defence counsel Philip Hall said Ericson had no recollection of striking the fatal blows but had no doubt he was responsible. He was deeply troubled by the incident and expressed regret to all concerned. He had loved his wife and was at a loss to know why he had attacked her. Ericson had psychological problems that needed treatment, and he hoped that as he gained insight into his condition others would be helped, Mr Hall said.
TVNZ story here
Despite this offender being described as dangerous and given the extremely violent nature of the murder conviction, the Public Prison Service classified him and put him in minimum security as the prison service considered him a low risk to the community. He was on the run for 26 hours from 2nd to 3rd of November 2007. He is now back in custody
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Sentenced to life (ten years) in April 2000 - see media report for latest parole info
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