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Elliot Ajay Prakash gets ‘life imprisonment’ for murder of Chch woman Val Heaney – family release statement

Val Heaney news

64 year old Val Heaney died following a savage hockey attack by Prakash with a hockey stick.

The murder took place in early April this year after the pair had watched a rugby game and a heated argument broke out.

Heaney was Prakash’s landlady, and the latter had been living in her home as a tenant for around 16 months.

According to an agreed summary of facts, Prakash struck Heaney about the head 8 times as she sat at the dining room table.

Prakash had earlier pleaded guilty and appeared for sentencing today before Justice Mander. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.

Statement of Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves

Police today acknowledge the sentencing of the man who killed 64-year-old Val Heaney in April this year.

On 3 April, Elliot Prakash committed a horrific and cowardly attack that took Val’s life. Val was a kind woman who lived her life in service to others.

I want to thank the investigation team, who worked tirelessly to hold this offender to account and bring this case to resolution as quickly as possible.

I also want to acknowledge Val’s family who have showed incredible strength in these tragic circumstances.

Val dedicated her life to the care of her daughter, Natasha and to improving the quality of life for those with intellectual disabilities.

Her loss is one that will be felt across the wider community.

While nothing can make up for what happened to Val, I sincerely hope that today’s outcome brings some measure of closure for them.

Statement of the family of Val Heaney

This has been an incredible tragedy for our family and we miss our much-loved sister, daughter and auntie. We are grateful to the Police for all their hard work.

We would also like to thank Victim Support NZ for the assistance they have provided to our family.

We have no further comment to make and ask that media respect our wish for privacy at this difficult time.

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