Accessory jailed for her role in the coverup of brutal murder

Ben Herkt PHOTO/CHRIS MCKEEN/FAIRFAX NZ

Ben Bosch Herkt     Photo/Chris McKeen/FAIRFAX NZ

A WOMAN involved in trying to cover up the brutal murder of an Auckland man a year ago has been sentenced to just eight months behind bars.

Aileen Chrisandra Tito appeared last week in the High Court at Auckland on charges of being an accessory after the fact of wounding with intent to injure – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of three-years-and-six-months imprisonment.

Tito was charged in connection with the murder of Matthew Greenslade, who was killed in November 2014 following a dispute over a box of Cody’s.

Greenslade was stabbed multiple times after he threw an empty bourbon carton at his killer, 39-year-old Ben Bosch Herkt.

The victim sustained stab wounds to the back of the head, base of the neck and a seven-centimetre cut along the scalp. The fatal blow went through the upper left abdomen, cutting the liver and piercing the heart.   

Tito – who was Herkt’s partner at the time – was not inside the house when the murder took place but after Greenslade was rushed to hospital she helped Herkt dump various items of evidence linking him to the killing.

This included the murder weapon, which was thrown into a culvert near railway lines across the road from the South Auckland unit Greenslade resided in.

Tito also helped Herkt avoid detection by shepherding him around the local streets and ‘keeping him effectively hidden’.

The following day Tito went back to her house and disposed of more of Herkt’s clothing.

Later that morning she was apprehended with Herkt where she admitted what had happened.

In sentencing Tito, Justice Simon Moore said the assistance Tito had provided Herkt was unsurprisingly common in cases like this.

He said it appeared that Tito was genuinely remorseful about Greenslade’s murder – and her role in initially trying to cover it up.

During his trial Herkt’s lawyer had argued his client did not have the required murderous intent as he was a paranoid schizophrenic and his medication had been effected by the alcohol he had consumed that evening.

But the jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of Greenslade’s murder.

Herkt will appear for sentencing later this month.


cookStephen Cook is a multi award winning journalist and former news editor and assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday.

 


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