Police acknowledge sentencing in relation to the death of Daniel Hawkins

As stated by Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves

Police acknowledge the sentencing of Motu Smith to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 14 years, 6 months in the High Court at Christchurch today, for the murder of Daniel Hawkins and serious assault on two other men on 24 April 2021 in Sydenham.

I would like to thank the members of our community who provided valuable information and support throughout this investigation and trial.

I would also like to thank all the investigation team for their professionalism and tireless work on this case to bring this matter to successful conclusion.

Lastly I would like to acknowledge the aroha and strength shown by Danny’s whanau and loved ones over the last three years. I hope today’s outcome brings some measure of peace for them, knowing that the person responsible has been held to account.

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