This is NZ: 8 years for beating his girlfriend to death; he’ll be out earlier

Jesse John Ferris-Bromley, via RNZ

Jesse John Ferris-Bromley, via RNZ


The man who fatally beat his Massey University girlfriend had been jailed for eight years.

Jesse Ferris-Bromley, 22, was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington today, for the manslaughter of Virginia Rose Ford, 20, in Palmerston North last year.

Originally from Dunedin, Miss Ford died from internal injuries following a beating in the flat she shared with Ferris-Bromley.

After the sentencing, police said it had been a difficult one as there was evidence she had been beaten before.

“Virginia obviously suffered significantly in the last few months of her life and the discovery of this has been a source of great pain for her family,” said Detective Sergeant David Thompson.

Ferris-Bromley’s guilty plea had spared the family a trial, but their tragedy and loss could not be overstated, he said.

“Virginia was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. She had moved to Palmerston North to study computer science at Massey University and was excited about this new chapter in her life.

“Ferris-Bromley’s actions betrayed the trust Virginia and her family placed in him in the worst way possible.”

Police also released comments on behalf of the family.

“No matter what the sentence is, it will never be enough for taking the life of our beloved Virginia or what was done to her in the weeks before she was killed.

“We have to live with that. Nothing can bring her back.”

I can feel their pain from here and I hope that his relatively short term prison sentence will be more intense because of it.

Virginia Rose Ford via Stuff

Virginia Rose Ford via Stuff


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