Rikki-Lee Simeon had pleaded not responsible to the homicide of her companion, Brendon Hamilton. Photograph / Equipped
A younger mom has been discovered responsible of murdering her 21-year-old companion Brendon Hamilton.
Virtually two years after Hamilton died in his Dominion Rd flat and greater than two weeks after Rikki-Lee Simeon pleaded not responsible to homicide, jurors reached a verdict at 3.40pm on Thursday.
Hamilton, 21, was stabbed within the neck within the Mt Eden house and died the identical day his and Simeon’s daughter Shyanne turned 1 12 months outdated.
The unanimous responsible verdict at Auckland Excessive Courtroom introduced some tears of reduction to Hamilton’s household, who’d waited for justice since Might 18, 2019.
However everybody within the public gallery, together with Simeon’s supporters, was largely composed and quiet within the moments after the decision was introduced.
Hamilton’s family members outdoors the courthouse described their reduction, one saying a burden was lifted from his shoulders after almost two years.
Crown prosecutors Kirsten Lummis and Steven O’Connor introduced a case suggesting Simeon had a historical past of being a violent, abusive girlfriend.
And the prosecution mentioned even when Simeon felt threatened, her use of a 30cm kitchen knife towards Hamilton within the early hours of Might 18 was unreasonable.
The Crown additionally mentioned Simeon after her arrest offered meandering, unbelievable accounts of what occurred within the house.
Simeon was 18 on the time. Child Shyanne lived with Hamilton’s mom Adoniah Lorigan in Rotorua.
Simeon outdated a criminal offense scene sergeant she stabbed Hamilton, then backtracked, then instructed a detective she had stabbed Hamilton, however by chance.
The defence mentioned jurors couldn’t rule out self-defence, and mentioned police interviewed Simeon in questionable situations, when she was hungry and disadvantaged of sleep.
Defence counsel Paul Borich QC and John Munro superior a case urging jurors to not be sidetracked into hypothesis about what might need occurred within the flat.
The defence mentioned the connection was not certainly one of a vicious girlfriend and browbeaten boyfriend, however that Hamilton was able to violence and aggression.
Borich mentioned the Crown introduced a slew of superfluous data which took jurors no nearer to realizing how or why the stabbing occurred.
“We can’t in fact look into Miss Simeon’s thoughts,” Justice Neil Campbell mentioned as he summed up the case on Wednesday morning.
Justice Campbell mentioned the Crown needed to persuade jurors Simeon used unreasonable drive within the circumstances.
The prosecutors mentioned Simeon consciously ran the danger Hamilton would die on account of her utilizing the kitchen knife and stabbing him within the throat.
Two safety guards flanked Simeon within the dock as she was convicted of homicide.
She at one level briefly tilted her head again, then nodded when Justice Neil Campbell suggested the courtroom Simeon was to be remanded in custody.
Simeon will likely be sentenced on April 13.