Life imprisonment for pair who killed King Cobras gang member

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 1:56PM
Luke Sears, 28, died of gunshot wounds in rural Canterbury on October 13, 2018. Photo / Supplied
Luke Sears, 28, died of gunshot wounds in rural Canterbury on October 13, 2018. Photo / Supplied

Life imprisonment for pair who killed King Cobras gang member

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 1:56PM

The men who killed a Christchurch-based King Cobras gang member have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Alistair Cochrane and Daniel French faced a raft of charges - on top of the murder of Luke Riddell, also known as Luke Sears.

Riddell was found dead on the side of Grange Rd in Selwyn's Charing Cross area in Canterbury.

Cochrane was given a minimum non-parole period of 11 years plus one year for drug-related charges to be served concurrently.

French was given a minimum non-parole period of 10 years plus seven years and two months to be served concurrently in relation to drugs and firearms.

The sentence was met with tears, dissent and mildly abusive words from parts of the packed public gallery - with one woman walking out, swearing as she left.

The men appeared with Tereina Sullivan, who has been sentenced to two years and six months of imprisonment after perverting the course of justice, among other charges.

Earlier, a detective read out a statement from Sear's mother.

She told French she holds him responsible for the death of her first born, who the pair left dying on the side of the road like a piece of rubbish.