Son: My mum was murdered

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The son of a Stoke woman found dead in her home earlier this year has told a court he believes she was murdered.

Jade Harris, 20, cut off his home detention bracelet in February, blaming the trauma of his “murdered” Nelson mother two weeks earlier.

He was sentenced in the Masterton District Court last week to seven months imprisonment after the judge cancelled his home detention sentence.

Tracey-Anne Harris, 43, was found dead in her Marlowe St home by police in mid-February.

The body was removed from the house and a post mortem examination was completed, but police say they are still investigating the death.

Jade Harris turned himself in to police last week having been on the run since February 29, when he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and left his assigned address.

Harris pleaded guilty to breaching the home detention sentence. His lawyer said Harris had been complying with his sentence until February, when he “became aware of problems with his accommodation and wanted to transfer to a new address in Nelson”.

It was at that time, on February 12, that Harris’ mother died in “extremely tragic circumstances”, she said, adding that Harris believes she was murdered.

After initially opposing home detention cancellation, Harris changed his mind after conferring with his lawyer. The judge cancelled the original home detention sentence and replaced it with seven months imprisonment. He also sentenced him to three months imprisonment for the breach involving removing the bracelet, to be served concurrently.

-New Zealand Herald.