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Murderers of Angela Blackmoore sentenced to life imprisonment

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Angela Blackmoore’s brutal murder 28 years ago has finally seen justice as David Hawken and Rebecca Wright-Meldrum were sentenced to life imprisonment for her killing.

Blackmoore, pregnant at the time with her second child, was attacked with a bat and stabbed multiple times.

Her grieving partner, Laurie Anderson, and other loved ones delivered emotional victim impact statements, expressing their pain and anger at the defendants’ lack of remorse.

Justice Rachel Dunningham highlighted the heinousness of the crime, driven by financial motives and aggravated by Blackmoore’s pregnancy.

Anderson vowed to attend every parole hearing, ensuring the convicted murderers face consequences for their actions.

In a statement following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Todd Hamilton said:

Police acknowledge the sentences of life imprisonment, with 10 years non-parole, handed down today in the High Court at Christchurch for the murder of Angela Blackmoore on 17 August 1995.

Today was about Angela and her family. It has been a long and painful nearly three decades since Angela was taken away from them, with most of those spent not knowing who was responsible.

This has been a long process for all involved. Since Angela’s murder, our focus has been bringing the people responsible to justice. Over the years that focus did not change.

Her family, including her parents who are no longer with us, have conducted themselves with dignity and perseverance across this long and difficult journey.

In May 2019, as part of a renewed push for information, Police offered a reward for information in relation to Angela’s murder.

Later that year, Police filed charges against two people, one of whom pleaded guilty in 2020 and has already been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The second person, plus a third charged in May 2020, have had their sentences handed down today.

I want to thank all the Police staff that have worked tirelessly on this case over three decades to get answers for the family, especially the staff that have been working on this case since 2019, and the small team that have bought this matter to trial.

Today’s sentencing doesn’t bring Angela back, and it certainly doesn’t cure the grief the family has endured, but we hope it will help them move forward.

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