Justin Vance Turner
Justin Vance Turner will spend an extra two years behind bars, taking his sentence to a minimum 17 years for the murder of Maqbool Hussain, a homeless man, in Auckland in March 2014.
Mr Hussain was subjected to a 30 minute severe beating by Turner, who was also homeless, suffering punches, kicks and stomps to his head and neck.
Prosecutors appealed his original minimum 15 year sentence as manifestly inadequate for a repeat offender who had 110 prior convictions including 22 for assault. It was a second strike under the three-strikes policy which says an offender must be sentenced to life without parole unless doing so would be manifestly unjust.
The Court of Appeal on Wednesday determined the original sentencing judge was correct in identifying that life without parole would be unjust, but increased the sentencing court's fixed period by two years.
Eligible for parole in 2031
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|10-06-2016||Appeal hearing||Court of Appeal Wellington||Murder||22-03-2014||Life Imprisonment||▼|