'I think that it's a joke' - victim's aunty slams High Court verdict that left boy racer on streets after fatal crash

The aunty of one of the victims of an illegal street race that resulted in the deaths of four people near Hamilton on June 24, 2016 has slammed a High Court judge's verdict.

Justice Anne Hinton sentenced Dylan Cossey to 12 months home detention and 400 hours community service after he was convicted of four counts of manslaughter.

She also disqualified him from driving for sevens years.

The 21-year old was racing a Nissan Skyline at estimated speeds of up to 150km/h through the Waikato when the other car collided with a van near the Hamilton Airport.

Lance Tyrone Robinson, 28, Hannah Leis Strickett-Craze, 24, Paul de Silva, 20, and Jason McCormick, 19, all died in the crash, while the van's driver Matthew Scheepers was seriously injured.

However Mr de Silva's aunty Amber was left extremely upset by the verdict handed down.

"I think that it's a joke as Cossey's behaviour has never shown any remorse or regard for the events.

"He's treated this whole court case like an inconvenience, and the judge has not given an appropriate sentence, as it doesn't take a hard line towards street racing.''

Mrs de Silva felt the decision by Cossey, and his passenger Stephen Jones, to flee the scene was unacceptable.

"Any human being should have stopped to ascertain injury to make sure everything was alright but no. Gap it bro, what winners!"

Detective Inspector Daryl Smith, who was part of the investigation, issued a warning to those considering engaging in boy racing.

"This was a tragedy that could have been avoided had these individuals not engaged in street racing that day, which resulted in a number of families been impacted.

"It's dangerous, anti social and we won't tolerate it."

Jones, 20, who was found guilty of failing to stop and attempting to pervert the course of justice, had his sentencing adjourned until May 3.

Four young people died and a man is in hospital after the crash near Hamilton Airport. Source: 1 NEWS


Supporters show up in court to back local mechanic accused of beating alleged thief in Kaitaia

Around 50 supporters filled the Kaitaia District Court this morning to show support for a local mechanic accused of beating up a man who he claimed robbed his family and several others.

Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Rogers is charged with assaulting Te Kapua Butters-Kiwikiwi.

It's alleged Butters went onto Rogers' nephew's farm and stole a motorbike. He was caught on CCTV and subsequently identified by Rogers, who recognised him in the footage. Several days later, Rogers allegedly attacked him.

The incident follows Kaitaia's 'Take back our streets' community campaign, where residents have joined together to tackle the number of home invasions, burglaries and break-ins.

More than 200 residents have signed up to the campaign, which involves victims of crime using air horns to alert others when criminal activity occurs. However, organisers have stressed that it’s not a vigilante movement.

Rogers' niece, Shayna, took to Facebook asking for the public's support.

"It was only going to be a matter of time before the public took matters into their own hands to deal to the thieving criminals that have flooded our community. A member of our community has done just that and now they are being summoned to court… Hard-working people/whanau have been affected. It is now beyond a joke," Ms Rogers said.

Butters was also due to appear in the Kaitaia District Court today charged with the burglary at the Rogers farm, but his appearance was changed to another day to avoid any possible conflict.

Butters is facing a total of three burglary charges.

Rogers has been granted bail and will reappear in Kaitaia District Court next month.

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Watch: 'Your actions have devastated my life' - mother of Renee Duckmanton issues powerful victim impact statement

The mother of murdered Christchurch sex worker Renee Duckmanton has delivered an emotional victim impact statement to her daughter's killer, speaking of the all-consuming misery his actions have inflicted on her daily life.

Tracey Duckmanton was one of several family members who agreed to be filmed while speaking in court today before Sainey Marong's sentencing to life imprisonment.

"Look at me Sainey," Ms Duckmanton said as she began to personally address the guilty man.

"You listen to this, you, you came into her life, and your actions devestated my life and my families life. Nothing will ever be the same.

"I have to wake up every morning knowing I will never see my beautiful daughter ever again, and have to live with what you did to her.

"I can't have fun anymore without feeling guilty. Life will never be the same.

"We are here today to hear the sentence the court will impose but I want you to know nothing, no sentence, no punishment will ever be enough.

"I hope you rot in hell. Thank you for listening to me."

Sainey Marong strangled 22-year-old Duckmanton before burning her body, and today was put in prison for a minimum of 18 years. Source: 1 NEWS

Sainey Marong was found guilty in February, after a High Court at Christchurch jury deliberated for just 50 minutes.

The 33-year-old Gambian-born butcher strangled the 22-year-old Duckmanton after picking her up from Christchurch's Manchester Street in May 2016.

He then dumped her body on a Rakaia roadside, and set it on fire. He claimed he was insane at the time, but it took a jury just 50 minutes to find him guilty.

Renee Duckmanton.
Renee Duckmanton. Source: Supplied

In sentencing today Justice Cameron Mander described the killing as "premeditated, cold blooded," and that Marong has shown no remorse or insight for his actions.

"It is an inescapable conclusion your murder was the culmination of a depraved need to abduct a sex worker and kill her. On this night you carried through with a crime you had been contemplating for some time."

After the judge delivered the sentence the family, who filled the public gallery applauded and thanked the judge.

Others had to be retrained from rushing towards the killer as he was taken down shouting: "Rot in there you maggot".

Tracey Duckmanton has confronted her daughter's killer in court on his sentencing. Source: 1 NEWS