8 Apr 2011

Man jailed for life for halfway house murder

4:15 pm on 8 April 2011

A man who killed another man at a halfway house, in what a judge described as a frenzied attack, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

In March a jury found Wiremu Haare, 45, guilty of murdering Kelly Noema in 2009.

Jurors heard that in the week before his death, Mr Noema had become a nuisance to other residents at the halfway house in Wellington.

After another night of disruption, Haare took two knives from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Noema 30 times in the chest and upper body.

Haare's lawyer said on Friday it was acknowledged his client had diminished responsibility due to his mental health issues, and both men had fallen through the cracks when it came to getting support.

Justice Mallon said reports showed that Haare had limited coping strategies and had been exposed to violence from an early age.