Violent girlfriend who fatally stabbed her boyfriend on their daughter’s first birthday is jailed for 14 years
- Rikki-Lee Simeon fatally stabbed partner on daughter’s 1st birthday
- Brendan Hamilton was stabbed in the neck with a 20cm long knife
- Simeon was given a non-parole period of seven years.
- Judge said her actions were reckless and not pre-meditated
A young woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death on the day of their daughter’s first birthday has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, with a non-parole period of seven years.
Brendan Hamilton was 21 years old when his 18-year-old girlfriend Rikki-Lee Simeon fatally stabbed him during a confrontation in the kitchen of an apartment in Auckland following a house party in May 2019.
He was stabbed in the neck with a knife with a 20 centimetre blade which was long enough to pass through the neck and pierce the top of his lung.
Brendon Hamilton (pictured) was fatally stabbed by girlfriend and mother of his child
‘For reasons we may never know, Miss Simeon got so angry with Mr Hamilton that she picked up the largest knife in the kitchen,’ Crown prosecutor Kirsten Lummis told the court during the trial.
‘She lashed out. And she lashed out in anger. She wanted to hurt him because she was feeling hurt.
‘It’s a tragic loss of a young life. It’s a shockingly young age to be facing a charge of murder.’
In sentencing Simeon, Judge Neil Campbell said her actions were reckless, not pre-meditated, and made note of her tough upbringing surrounded by drugs and gangs.
Rikki-Lee Simeon (pictured) recklessly killed Hamilton in an Auckland apartment’s kitchen
‘I apologise to Brendon’s family. I am sorry for what I did. Forgive me,’ Simeon told the court on Thursday.
‘I have learned about myself while in jail. Those things will help me in the future.’
The Crown prosecutor had told the court during the trial that Simeon had a history of violence toward Mr Hamilton, including hitting him with a baseball bat.
He admitted to hitting her once, claiming he did so because she was refusing to let him leave their home.
Bank records showed the couple had only $28 between them at the time of the killing.
Hamilton’s family spoke admirably of the young man, describing him as an amazing father, son, uncle and brother.
His mother, Adoriah Lorigan, as well as his father and sister addressed the court, describing their grief and pain at the loss.
‘You can’t put in words the amount of pain I have in my heart,’ said Lorigan.
‘Brendon was a happy young man who would always make people laugh or smile, even when they were sad, I now have to go to the cemetery and say happy birthday to my son.’
Defence counsel, Paul Borich QC said some experts had suggested Simeon was suffering from psychosis or mental health problems in the days leading up to the murder.
The attack took place on their daughter’s first birthday
Simeon murdered her boyfriend in a spontaneous and reckless attack