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Teenager gets life sentence for killing Northland man

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RNZ,
Publish Date
Fri, 29 Jul 2022, 12:48pm
Photo / NZME
Photo / NZME

Teenager gets life sentence for killing Northland man

Author
RNZ,
Publish Date
Fri, 29 Jul 2022, 12:48pm

A teenager who stabbed a young Northland man to death has been sentenced to life in prison.

The boy, who has name suppression, was 14 when he killed Bram Willems in January 2021 - stabbing him with a knife seven times in the chest and abdomen, and another six times around the lower back.

Willems was 22 at the time.

The teenager was found guilty of murder at a jury trial last year.

Justice Brewer told the High Court in Whang─ürei today that the boy's anger exploded on a night out drinking, and he attacked Willems.

A minimum non-parole period of 10 years has been imposed.

The Willems family told the court the murder left them haunted by unimaginable pain.