Azalia Wilson died of blunt injuries to her head, neck, abdomen and face on November 17, 2019 at the Bavarian Motel, Invercargill. Photo / ODT
The man who was convicted of murdering a young mother from Invercargill has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Samuel Moses Samson, 33, appeared before the Invercargill High Court today after being convicted in March of the murder of Azalia Wilson.
Justine Gerald Nation this afternoon sentenced Samson to life in prison with a minimum jail term of 17 years.
Wilson, 22, died of blunt injuries to the head, neck, abdomen and face on November 17, 2019 at the Bavarian Motel, in Invercargill.
In March, a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict for Samson after 16 days of trial.
While the Crown’s evidence was that Samson killed Wilson in a jealous rage, the defense claimed police focused on a single suspect and said there had been “huge failures” in the process. ‘investigation.
The couple had a baby girl together who was born in July 2019 – the 2-year-old is now being raised by Wilson’s family.
After the trial, Wilson’s mother, Trinette Wilton, told the Otago Daily Times that her daughter’s death was “not in vain”. She hoped that the nightmare she had experienced would help other women come out of abusive relationships.
“I hope that somehow somehow a girl has followed the story and gone – and run away for her life. That’s all I hope for.”
Where to get help
If you are in danger now:
• Call the police on 111 or ask friends of neighbors to call you.
Where to find help or more information:
• Refuge for women: a free national crisis line operates 24/7 – 0800 refuge or 0800 733 843 www.womensrefuge.org.nz
• Shine, free nationwide hotline 9 am-11pm daily – 0508 744 633 www.2shine.org.nz
• It’s Not Ok: Information line 0800 456 450 www.areyouok.org.nz
• Shakti: offers specialized cultural services for African, Asian and Middle Eastern women and their children. 24/7 crisis line 0800 742 584
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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 06:19:08