Episode 230: Revenge Attacks: Sophie Elliott


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A 22-year-old recent graduate of a New Zealand University breaks off a short-lived relationship. Her ex would take deadly revenge on her in one of the most horrific attacks ever perpetrated in the country’s recent history.


“Own Evidence Seals Fate” by John Hartevelt for Stuff.co.nz, July 23, 2009.

“Success accompanied by stress: Weatherston” by Kay Sinclair for the Otago Daily Times, July 9, 2009.

“The Day Sophie Died: A Mother’s Untold Story” by Lesley Elliott for NzHerald.co.nz, Jun 10, 2011.

“A Decade On: Sophie Elliott’s Family Remembers Her” by Kelley Dennett for NZHerald.co.nz, Jan 5, 2018.

“Provocation defence ‘made killer a victim”, NZ Herald, July 22, 2009.

“Sophie’s beauty not targeted court told” by Kay Sinclair for Otago Daily Times, July 14, 2009

“An examination he didn’t pass”, Otago Daily Times, July 23, 2009

“Provocation defence abolished”, Otago Daily Times, Nov 27, 2009.


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