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Police statement following sentencing of Zane Wallace for the murder of Jasmine Wilson

Whanganui Police acknowledge the sentencing of Zane Wallace today in relation to the death of Jasmine Wilson.

Wallace plead guilty to murder earlier this year in July, almost three years after Jasmine’s death on August 2, 2019.

Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Taylor is relieved that the distress of a court process following the brutal death of a loved one is finally over for Jasmine’s family.

“Although nothing can make right the horrendous actions that lead to Jasmine’s death, I hope this give them a sense of closure”

“Her death was a result of violence inflicted by someone that ultimately should have loved and respected her and failed in the worst way.”

“She was a much-loved daughter and mother of two and my heart goes out to her loved ones as they begin their next chapter without Jasmine.”

“At the time of Jasmine’s death, Whanganui was brought together to hikoi for change, and I sincerely hope that this sentencing is a reminder to keep that sentiment foremost in our minds

Whanganui Police continue to work with Tupoho Iwi to increase confidence within the community to report episodes of family harm, reduce family harm and the seriousness of offending and re-victimisation.

“We have seen an increase in the confidence of victims to speak out and a community that is less tolerant of family violence and more prepared to call for help, giving Police and our partner agencies a greater opportunity to reduce and prevent harm.”

Anyone that faces violence in their home is encouraged to contact Police.

Today’s Sentencing

Wallace was sentenced today in the High Court at Whanganui before Justice Cooke.

In addition to murder, he had earlier pleaded guilty to:

  • four charges of threatening grievous bodily harm
  • three charges of assault with intent to injure
  • two charges of threatening to kill
  • one charge of injures with intent to injure
  • one charge of assault
  • one charge of male assaults female
  • one charge of demands made with menace

Justice Cooke sentenced Wallace to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years and six months.

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  1. I think it is time to review the death penalty. This fellow will be back on the streets when he is 43. This was only one of five homicide investigations launched by police into the deaths of Māori women in Whanganui during 2019. Not to mention the children who are killed by men. We can only make society safe again by permanently deleting these vicious men. They won’t change.

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