10 years jail for meat cleaver murderer

  • 22/07/2016
10 years jail for meat cleaver murderer

A Whangamata man who stabbed a friend to death before attacking him with a meat cleaver has been jailed for at least 10 years.

Anthony Ballantyne was sentenced in the High Court at Hamilton on Friday after earlier being found guilty at trial of the murder of 76-year-old Ivan Kapluggin in February 2015.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.

During his trial, prosecutors said Ballantyne stabbed Mr Kapluggin, described as a good friend, multiple times in the back and neck following drinks and dinner at his home.

The court heard Mr Kapluggin was then struck by a blow to the head using a meat cleaver after he was dead.

Ballantyne argued he had been framed and said he woke up next to the dead body, but a jury found him guilty after an hour of deliberation in May.