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New Zealand Criminals

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  • John Christopher Higgins (b. - 1938)
    The perpetrator of the only school shooting in New Zealand history. John Higgins was charged in the Auckland Supreme Court with two counts of murder and sentenced to death. He pleaded not guilty by rea...
  • Joseph Ogle
    Joseph Ogle is a New Zealand criminal who was convicted of the murder of his former partner, Joelene Edmonds and 16 year old Jashana Maree Robinson in June 2009 at her home in Titahi Bay, Wellington, N...
  • Scott Watson
    Scott Watson (born 28 June 1971) is a New Zealander who was convicted in May 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope on his boat Blade on 1 January 1998. The bodies of Smart and Hope have neve...
  • Darren Edward Charles Torrey
    Darren Edward Charles Torrey is a New Zealand man from Gisborne who was charged and sentenced to life imprisonment after he beat and strangled his wife to death in 1997.

This page is for those New Zealanders convicted of serious crime (mainly murder). Please add by the year convicted and if more than one convicted in a year alphabetically by last name.

1866 Richard Hill (aka Richard S. Burgess 14 February 1829 – 5 October 1866) Hanged in Nelson Gaol on 5 October 1866 for the 'Maungatapu Murders' carried out by the 'Burgess Gang'.

1866 Thomas Kelly (1825-1866) Hanged in Nelson Gaol on 5 October 1866 for the 'Maungatapu Murders' carried out by the 'Burgess Gang'.

1866 Philip Levy (1831-1866) Hanged in Nelson Gaol on 5 October 1866 for the 'Maungatapu Murders' carried out by the 'Burgess Gang'.

1866 Joseph Thomas Sullivan (1815-?) Took part in the 'Maungatapu Murders' carried out by the 'Burgess Gang' but turned Queen's evidence and saved from the hangman's rope.

1895 Minnie Dean On 12 August 1895 Minnie Dean became the only woman hanged in New Zealand. The bodies of three infants had been found buried in her garden.

1933 William Alfred Bayly 17 year old Elsie was sent to live with her uncle Frank Bayly and five cousins at Papamoa. She disappeared on 1 October 1928 and her battered body was found in Tamaki, Auckland. Her eldest cousin William Bayly was suspected but his family covered for him. In October 1933 Bayly was suspected of murdering his neighbours; farming couple Sam and Christobel Lakey of Ruawaro, Hamilton. He was arrested, his trial lasting a month. Once found guilty he was hanged at Mount Eden prison in Auckland on 20 July 1934. He was survived by his wife and two young sons.

1941 Eric Stanley George Graham (1900-1941) Shot dead three policemen and fatally wounded two other men before escaping into the bush. He would kill seven in total before he was shot and fatally wounded after 12 nights at large in the bush.

1954 Juliet Marion Hulme (now known as writer Anne Perry). Friend of Pauline Parker, found guilty of the murder of Pauline's mother, Honorah Mary Parker.

1954 Pauline Yvonne Parker Found guilty of the murder of her mother, Honorah Mary Parker.

1972 Francis Raymond Richards, aged 20, shot himself in Memorial Park after shooting dead 14 year old Gillian on the corner of Fraser Street and 11th Avenue . A package of opium was found on his body. He was known to Gillian. It was found that Francis had obtained a licence to purchase the rifle on the same day as the shooting

1973 Lauraine McLean On discovering that her husband Donald Armstrong Akuira McLean's girlfriend was pregnant with his child Lauraine shot her husband in the head whilst he slept in their Oropi home situated across the road from Oropi School on 7 December 1973. Half an hour later she heard him making a horrible noise so she shot him again. Lauraine was found guilty of manslaughter.

1980 Joseph Hohepa Thompson, aged 23, was found guilty of the manslaughter of John Mark Bidois in Tauranga on 6 December 1980.

1988 Christopher Thomas Watkins pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to murdering 26 year old Janet Michelle Wardell and to the sexual violation of two other women.

1990 David Malcolm Gray New Zealand's worst mass murderer. On 13 November 1990, David slaughtered 13 people during a 24-hour rampage in the hamlet of Aramoana, a tiny seaside settlement in the province of Otago, near Dunedin in the South Island. He was finally shot dead by police the following day.

1992 Raymond Wahia Ratima Seven family members were laid out for a tangi at Te Ore Ore marae after they were massacred by at their Masterton home by Ratima on 26 June 1992.

1997 Stephen Lawrence Anderson On February 8, 1997 Anderson went on a killing spree in the small North Island town of Raurimu. Six people lost their lives that day and others were wounded as they tried to flee the gunman - a cannabis-using schizophrenic.

2003 Stephen Roger Williams On the morning of 9 September 2003 Williams punched Coral-Ellen twice in the face causing brain damage and then spent the next two hours looking for a place to dump her. He found a space in a clump of toitoi bushes on the shores of Lake Ferry before hitting her with a piece of wood and leaving her to die, alone.