The father of a Lower Hutt man who was shot dead last year is a remarkably merciful fellow.
He says he has forgiven his son’s killers. Moreover he has asked that they not be banged up in a place where all felons should be sent to ensure they can do no mischief to anyone except fellow felons.
The killers are Shane Harrison, 44, and Dillin Pakai, 20.
They were found guilty by a jury in September of murdering Sio Matalasi and reckless discharge of a firearm.
In the High Court at Wellington this morning, Justice Jillian Mallon had the huge good sense not to listen to the victim’s mollycoddling poppa.
She sentenced Pakai to life in prison for murder with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years and three months.
And she sentenced Harrison to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.