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Six Jailed For Total Of 38 Years For Timaru Man's Manslaughter

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Wellington, Feb 13 NZPA - Six men were yesterday jailed for a total of 38 years for the manslaughter of a Timaru man who was stomped and kicked to death in the street last year.

John Oliver Jamieson, 21, fisherman; Morgan Christopher James Parker, 18, freezing worker; Simon Antony Anglem, 18, labourer; Ashley Jordan Moffat, 18, butcher; Nicholas John Peters, 19, freezing worker; and Daniel Raymond Kreegher, 20, boner; were found not guilty of the murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Wayne Kerry Bray following a trial in Christchurch late last year.

Mr Bray, 26, died four days after he was punched, kicked and stomped on, on a Timaru street on February 2 last year.

He had walked past a property where there had been a party in progress at which the accused were in attendance.

There had been bad blood between Anglem and Mr Bray, and after Anglem had initially assaulted Mr Bray, the six chased him down the street and beat him up.

The crown contended the six were all principal offenders, but after argument from defence counsel, Justice Mark Cooper decided Jamieson, Kreegher and Anglem were the principal offenders with the other three having a secondary role, The Timaru Herald reported.

Justice Cooper jailed Jamieson for nine years noting he had been on bail for other charges when the assault took place.

Kreegher received an eight year term and Anglem seven-and-a- half years.

Peters, Moffat and Parker all received sentences of four-and-a-half years each.

None of the accused gave or called evidence in their defence at their trial in the High Court in Christchurch, relying on closing addresses by defence counsel asserting that the Crown had failed to prove its case for murder.

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