Todd Aaron Marteley
The final member of a quartet responsible for killing Waikato man Piki Kingi was handed the longest sentence of the group yesterday at the High Court in Hamilton.
Todd Aaron Marteley, 48, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 14 years.
In September, Ivan Manukau and a second man, whose identity was suppressed, were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years and 10 years respectively, and Marteley's partner, Moana Heremaia, was sentenced to three years and nine months' jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Mr Kingi, 38, was murdered at Marteley and Heremaia's house on Cobham Dr, Hamilton, on June 10 last year.
Police discovered his body four days later, covered in bedclothes on the back seat of a car in Mansel Ave, Hillcrest.
At the time of his killing, Mr Kingi was a known methamphetamine dealer and was said to carry large quantities of the drug P and cash with him. All three offenders knew Mr Kingi through their involvement in drugs.
Crown prosecutor Ross Douch told the court Mr Kingi's murder was motivated by Marteley's view that he was "double-crossed" by Mr Kingi over a deal, and Manukau's disillusionment over the quality of P supplied to him by the deceased.
On June 10, Mr Kingi was lured under the pretence of a drug deal to the Cobham Dr home where he was attacked by two men wielding a cricket bat and tomahawk.
He was struck about the head and body and died at the scene.
Mr Douch said Marteley's culpability was higher than Manukau's because he was the organiser of the meeting with Mr Kingi, provided the venue for the crime and was "the face of the deception".
Mr Douch said there was a level of premeditation, which added to the seriousness, and the tomahawk used in the "extremely violent attack" was sharpened especially.
Marteley pleaded guilty on the same day as his fellow accused but some confusion he felt about the plea resulted in the two-month delay in sentencing.
In Marteley's statement, read by his lawyer Philip Morgan QC, he expressed remorse for his actions and said he regretted getting so close to Manukau.
In sentencing, Justice Heath highlighted the "cruelty, callousness and brutality" of the crime.
He said the delay in sentencing had denied Mr Kingi's family the closure they deserved.
- Waikato Times
Date of Birth
1962 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to life imprisonment with a 14 year minimum term in November 2010
Eligible for parole from June 2023
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