7 Jul 2011

Jail term reduced for man who fatally beat transvestite

10:58 pm on 7 July 2011

A man found guilty of the manslaughter of an Upper Hutt transvestite has had his sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

David Shaun Galloway was jailed for 10 years last year for the manslaughter in 2009 of Richard Jones, a transvestite who liked to be called Diksy.

Galloway and co-offender Phillip Sanders blamed each other for the serious beating administered to Mr Jones which resulted in his death.

Galloway told police he had followed Sanders to the victim's flat to "beat up a transvestite", saying he "believed in Adam and Eve - not Adam and Steve".

In a decision released on Thursday, the Court of Appeal reduced Galloway's sentence to nine years' jail and cut his minimum non-parole period to four years.

The court said the sentencing judge had overstated the seriousness of the hate crime aspect of Mr Jones's death and Galloway should also have received a greater discount for his young age at the time of the offending.

Sanders was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison.