Taranaki man jailed for killing mother

  • 24/07/2015
Taranaki man jailed for killing mother

A Taranaki man who admitted murdering his mother will spend at least 16 years behind bars.

David Blake, 47, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 16 years, in the High Court at New Plymouth today, his lawyer Paul Keegan told NZ Newswire.

Blake entered a guilty plea in April to the charge of killing 71-year-old marriage celebrant Gwendoline Blake.

Ms Blake's body was found at her home in Stratford, south of New Plymouth, on January 30.

She was a well-regarded celebrant in the community, who immigrated to New Zealand from Liverpool.