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Notorious offender found dead in prison

Published: 6:06PM Friday November 27, 2009 Source: NZPA/ONE News

One of New Zealand's most notorious sexual offenders has been found dead in Wanganui Prison.

Taffy Hotene was sentenced to an 18-year non-parole life sentence in October 2000 for the murder of Auckland journalist Kylie Jones.

Hotene also received preventive detention and a 10-year non-parole term for raping Jones.

Hotene had attacked Jones just weeks after serving eight years in jail for attacking three women in Wanganui.

Corections Department Assistant General Manager of Operations Leanne Field said that staff had provided medical assistance but were unable to revive Hotene, who was pronounced dead by ambulance staff when they arrived.

The death is not considered suspicious, but the death has been referred to the coroner for investigation.