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Pair jailed over Upper Hutt trans killing

Fri 10 Dec 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News

Richard "Diksy" Jones One of the men found guilty of the manslaughter of Upper Hutt transsexual "Diksy" Jones has been given a longer sentence because for him the killing was a hate crime. The Dominion Post reports David Shaun Galloway, who was 18 at the time he attacked 64-year-old Jones, has been sentenced to 10 years jail at the High Court in Wellington. The other killer, 42-year-old Phillip Christopher Sanders, was sentenced to nine and a half years. Justice Robert Dobson did not accept Galloway's excuse that his words in a recorded police interview were just the words of a stupid young intoxicated boy. He told police he believed in "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" and a "transvestite" did not deserve to live. Justice Dobson said Diksy, who weighed 50kg and was 1.62m tall, had been entirely defenceless.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 10th December 2010 - 1:12pm

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