Christchurch woman gets life in prison for Christmas Day murder

Franchesca Borell at her sentencing on Wednesday.
Franchesca Borell at her sentencing on Wednesday. Photo credit: Newshub

The Christchurch woman who murdered her partner on Christmas Day in 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison.

After a five-day trial in October, Franchesca Kororia Borell was found guilty of Hardeep Singh's murder after she stabbed him during an argument on Christmas Day. 

The 26-year-old died in hospital due to massive blood loss two days later from a single knife wound. 

A victim impact statement was read out on behalf of Mr Singh's India-based family in the Christchurch High Court on Wednesday.

Mr Singh's parents still struggle every day with their son's death, which has left a gap in many lives, the statement read. 

"Hardeep was a much-loved son, brother, grandadson, cousin, uncle and friend."

He had worked and studied hard to gain many academic qualifications in both India and New Zealand.

Mr Singh came to New Zealand seeking employment so he could financially support his family in India as they are unable to work.

His parent's health has significantly declined following his death and without his financial support their lives have changed forever, the statement read.

"Hardeep was only 26 when he was taken from us…his dedication to and love for his family could never be doubted."

His parent's hoped Borell would be given an adequate sentence, as they feel they have been delt a life sentence themselves having lost their son. 

Following the arguement with Mr Singh on Christmas Day, Borell tried to leave their home.

When Mr Singh blocked the doorway stopping her from leaving, she grabbed a knife and stabbed him.

Borell claims to have thrown the knife but the Crown says this is unlikely. 

The court heard how she had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a tendancy to resort to violence having suffered from domestic abuse from a previous partner. 

Borell was given a non-parole period of 10 years making her eligible for parole in 2028.