Life with parole sentence for Takanini murder

  • 26/02/2016

An Auckland man who stabbed his friend to death in a dispute over a box of bourbon and cola drinks has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum parole period of 12 years.

Ben Bosch Herkt, 39, was found guilty in November last year over the killing of Matthew Greenslade, 32, who died after being stabbed repeatedly in 2014.

In the High Court at Auckland Justice Simon Moore ruled a sentence of life without parole would have been manifestly unjust.

He said there was no single consideration that lead him to decide that.

Herkt had 98 previous convictions and a history of mental health issues and the victim was an integral member of a close and loving family and a person never likely to hold a grudge.

Justice Moore said Mr Greenslade's family had "been gracious to you", and believed there should be an opportunity for parole.

Herkt remains subject to the three strikes law and has received a final warning.

Mr Greenslade had been holding a modest party at his flat and he got the better of Herkt in a fist fight, the catalyst for which was unclear, Justice Moore said.

Herkt returned with a knife and attacked Mr Greenslade.