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Life Imprisonment For Valentine Day Killer

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Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A Wanganui woman who murdered a neighbour she believed was "coming on" to her partner on Valentine's Day last year was this morning sentenced to life imprisonment with a none-parole period of 13-1/2 years.

Ana Andrea Hemara was found guilty in the High Court in Wanganui last month of murdering Heather Rose Simons who suffered from cerebral palsy.

Sentencing Hemara in the High Court in Wellington today, Justice Robert Dobson said called it an act of "mindless violence".

The court was told earlier Hemara invited Ms Simons to her home for a drink after noticing her hanging out washing.

But the neighbourly gesture turned horribly wrong when Hemara took offence at what she described as Ms Simons "coming on to her partner".

The prosecution said she pulled Ms Simons from her chair and repeatedly punched her head, and stomped on her back and head with her bare feet.

Hemara's counsel Stephen Ross said the attack was fuelled by jealousy while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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