From Brian Harmer's WYSIWYG News July 1995 here
James Tamata, the man who last week dramatically changed his plea to guilty during his trial for the rape, sodomy and murder of Janine Law seven years ago was sentenced today. He received a life sentence for the murder, 10 years for rape, 8 for sodomy. He will serve at least 16 years before being eligible for parole. During sentencing, it emerged that between the time of the murder and his being charged, he committed a further six offences of a sexual nature, and several crimes against property.
Also this from NZ Herald reports and other sources
James Tamata almost got away his crime until 6 years later. The Police wrongly concluded Janine Law died as the result of an asthma attack despite her body being found bruised and semi-naked with a tea towel stuffed into her mouth and showing signs of recent intercourse. Forensic evidence later uncovered DNA which matched material from Tamata who was already serving a prison sentence in maximum security at Paremoremo for other serious crimes. Justice Morris described Tamata's actions against Ms Law that night as "barbaric, callous and wicked in the extreme", describing Tamata's "uncontrollable sexual appetite and desires". The court had to protect women from sexual predators like him. The judge said there were no mitigating factors and rejected Tamata's claim to be remorseful and also rejected that his actual motive was that he was commit robberies of houses to feed his drug and alcohol addiction.
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Rape, anal intercourse and killing of Janine Law in her home in Ponsonby in April 1988
Also had many other convictions for burglary and attempted rape
Sentenced to 24 years imprisonment in July 1995
Parole refused March 2011
Has another hearing February 2012
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