The Herald reports:
A 39-year-old man has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a Hawkes Bay sickness beneficiary.
Steven Tiwini Rakuraku faced 11 charges, including the murder of the 50-year-old Johnny Charles Wright, who disappeared on June 21, 2011. …
A reader suggests that Rakuraku is a candidate for life without parole – a sentencing option available since 2010. He notes:
Victim was effectively imprisoned in his own home.
Victim was effectively tortured over a period of weeks, if not months, buy repeated beatings, including with a weapon of war (Taiaha). This was not a one-time, sudden loss of control murder, it was premeditated and repeated, brutal and callous in the extreme.
I understand the offender has a serious history of offending prior to this case.
The question has to be that if a crime like this doesn’t qualify for LWOP, what would qualify?