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Appeal by Hayden Miles' killer dismissed

Tue 3 Jun 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Gavin Gosnell has been jailed for 18 years Gavin Gosnell’s appeal of his conviction and sentence for the murder of gay Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles has been thrown out. Gosnell is serving a minimum non-parole period of 18 years for beating the 15-year-old to death in a prolonged assault at a Christchurch flat, then dismembering his body and dumping his remains. The killer claimed his lawyer, Craig Ruane, bullied him into not giving evidence, did not act in his best interests, and looked at him as if he was "guilty as". He also claimed the evidence focused on him dismembering Hayden Miles. The Court of Appeal has rejected the claims and ruled Ruane handled a difficult trial with “commendable professionalism.”     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 3rd June 2014 - 11:41am

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