17 Sep 2013

Man jailed for 18 years for murdering aunt, uncle

2:35 pm on 17 September 2013

A Far North man who murdered his uncle and aunt in a double shooting in May has been jailed for at least 18 years.

Edwin Maheno, 39, in July admitted the May 19 murders of Ivan and Carmen Maheno at the Pamapuria, Northland, homestead they all lived in.

Justice Geoffrey Venning, sentencing Edwin Maheno in the High Court in Whangarei today, described the murders as execution-style killings.

He said Edwin Maheno had erupted in rage after an argument with his uncle and aunt over the family homestead, which had been left to Ivan Maheno.

Edwin Maheno shot his uncle twice in the head while he begged for his life, and later stomped on his dead body.

He punched his aunt when she tried to save her husband, and shot her in the head and buttocks as she tried to flee.

The judge sentenced Edwin Maheno to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 18 years, saying he had shown a high level of brutality and callousness, and no real remorse.