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Anger in court as teen's killer is jailed

Published: 12:16PM Friday February 08, 2013

Anger erupted in a Wellington courtroom today as a man was jailed for six years for killing a teenager in Kapiti.

Manawanui Stewart, 26, was sentenced to six years behind bars for the manslaughter of Izak Millanta as well as two other assault charges.

The 17-year-old was found lying unconscious in a carpark, after being kicked and stomped on by Stewart in August last year.

In court today Millanta's mother, Christine Wikaira described the heartbreak at losing her son and said she had to cope with never seeing him to live to his potential.

She described him as a "bright light." She said the death has tainted their whakapapa and it is poison for their ancestors.

Despite showing little emotion Stewart could not escape the cries of outrage from the public gallery.

The emotional outbursts came despite a heavy police presence and repeated warnings from the judge.

"Today is a day for calm and reflection and if you can't accept that then it is better you not be in the court room," Justice Ronald Young told the court.

Outside court, Wikaira lashed out over the justice system.

"It is a travesty of justice, I mean we are here today in a place that gives justice and the truth and neither of these things were present today," she said.

However, she said the Stewart family also has to live with her son's killing.

Stewart was also charged with assaulting Millanta's brother.