8 Aug 2008

February sentencing date set for Dixon

2:46 pm on 8 August 2008

It is likely to be six months before a killer samurai swordsman is sentenced on charges of murder and grievous bodily harm.

Antonie Dixon, 40, was found guilty in the High Court at Auckland a week ago of murder and a number of other charges, including wounding two women with a samurai sword in early 2003. It was his second trial.

Justice Williams provisionally agreed to a sentencing date in February after Dixon said his sister, who lives in Australia, wanted to be present.

She gave evidence in the trial about their childhood.

Dixon's sword victims, Renee Gumby and Simonne Butler, will be asked to provide victim-impact reports to help with sentencing.

Both refused to do so at Dixon's sentencing after his original trial.