Tuaine Llewellyn Bevan
NZ Herald story 19th September 2012
A man has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for shooting his former partner last year. Stacey Lake, 23, a mother of two, died in Wellington Hospital on May 9, the day after being shot at Otaki Beach. Tuaine Bevan was charged with murdering her. Defence lawyer Christopher Stevenson confirmed the Palmerston North High Court jury found Bevan not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter after deliberating for about one day. Bevan is to be sentenced on October 18.
Manawatu Standard story 8th November 2012
An Otaki Beach man who killed his girlfriend after shooting her in head will spend at least three years in prison. Tuaine Llewellyn Bevan, 28, was sentenced at the High Court at Palmerston North today to five years and eight months imprisonment for shooting Stacey Lake, 23, in their home last year. Justice Jillian Mallon imposed a minimum prison term of three years. On the afternoon of May 8 last year, Bevan fired a shot that killed 23-year-old Lake as she lay on the bed of their house in Ngaio St, Otaki Beach.
The Crown alleged Bevan planned the killing because of a domestic dispute, but the defence said the shooting was an accident - that Bevan had removed the gun's magazine and didn't realise it could be fired. A jury acquitted him of the murder in September but found him guilty of manslaughter. Bevan was also sentenced to one year imprisonment for possession of cannabis for supply and illegal possession of a firearm. He had already pleaded guilty to those charges.
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Shot his ex-partner to death at Otaki Beach in May 2011
Previous convictions for aggravated robbery, assault on a female and grievous assault
Was on parole at the time of killing
Sentenced to 6 years 8 months with a 3 year non-parole period in November 2012
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