14 Oct 2010

Intensive supervision for man cleared of murder

4:46 pm on 14 October 2010

A Hawke's Bay man acquitted of murder after a double shooting north of Napier has been sentenced to two years' intensive supervision for an offence committed the same day.

Three weeks ago a jury in the High Court at Napier found Wilson Apatu, 41, not guilty of murdering a father of six in the small settlement of Waikoau, and not guilty of attempting to murder the victim's eight-year-old son.

Before the trial the prisoner pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle at knifepoint moments after the shootings.

On Thursday Justice Millar decided that because Apatu has already spent a year in jail, imposing another term of imprisonment isn't appropriate.

He ordered Apatu to undertake treatment for anger management and his drug and alcohol addictions.