Luke Tipene killer sentenced to 5 years, 2 months

By Online News Team
  • Northland
  • Auckland

Vincent Skeen has been sentenced to five years and two months in jail today for the manslaughter of Luke Tipene in November 2014.

Skeen attacked Tipene with a broken bottle during a fight in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.  The assault caused lacerations to Tipene's jugular and he later died in hospital. 

Skeen's sentence follows a two-week trial in July after a 2015 trial resulted in a hung jury.

TIpene, 17, was a promising rugby league player. 

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