14 Sep 2013

Family still having nightmares after killing a year ago

10:22 am on 14 September 2013

The mother of a man who died in Lower Hutt after being beaten by a Mongrel Mob member says her other offspring still have nightmares as a result of seeing their brother dead in the morgue.

Harlem Turi was on Friday sentenced in the High Court in Wellington for the manslaughter of Michael Mulholland a year ago.

He was ordered to serve at least half of a sentence of eight years three months in prison.

Mr Mulholland, 52, had a heart attack after being beaten by Turi, who had gone to his home seeking illegal drugs.

Mr Mulholland's mother, Mary Tarei, is pleased with the sentence.

She said the court case revealed some distressing details about her son's lifestyle and given that, she was very grateful for the efforts the police made to bring Turi to trial.