Tyson-Tainui Rukuwai Te Tomo
A teenaged murderer sat doubled over in the dock as details about the man he shot and killed – and the effects of the killer's deeds – were read out in court by his victim's family.
Tyson Tainui Rukuwai Te Tomo, 18, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the High Court in Hamilton on Friday.
Following a trial in September, a jury found had Rukuwai Te Tomo guilty of murdering Michael James Thompson outside a house in Norris St, Hamilton, on February 20.
Justice Anne Hinton imposed a minimum non-parole sentence of 10 years, six months for what she described as a "cold-blooded and callous killing".
Following a violent confrontation between Rukuwai Te Tomo, then 17, his friend Mana Williams, 18, and Thompson, 29, and his work colleague Sam Apanui, 38, Rukuwai Te Tomo obtained a sawn-off .22-calibre rifle from the house, and lined up and shot Thompson from a distance of about four metres away.
Date of Birth
1997 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Michael James Thompson
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Tyson-Tainui Rukuwai Te Tomo Sentencing Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|30-10-2015||Sentencing||High Court Hamilton||Murder||20-02-2015||Life Imprisonment||▼|