Saturday, December 4

Double homicide sentence: brother’s screams saved sister’s life, court said

The warning cries of a teenager about to be brutally murdered by his half brother almost certainly saved his younger sister’s life, a court has heard.

Nathan Gordon Frost, 21, was sentenced to prison after murdering his father and stepbrother.

Nathan Gordon Frost, 21, was sentenced to prison after murdering his father and stepbrother.
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Nathan Gordon Frost was jailed for life with a minimum probation period of 20 years when he appeared in New Plymouth Superior Court to be sentenced today.

The 21-year-old used a pipe wrench and a 12 cm hunting knife to kill his father Stephen John Frost, 55, and Regan Frost-Lawn, 15, at an address in Hawera in the early hours of the January 18th.

Nathan Frost had a deep resentment over his parents’ separation when he was young, which had only intensified after his mother died six years ago.

Judge Rebecca Ellis said a bottle of whiskey had been consumed the night of the murders and attacked her father after he went to see how he was doing because she had heard him cry.

“In your room there was a large pipe wrench that you had taken there before with murder in mind. You hit your father several times on the head and arm.

“You broke his jaw in two places and knocked him unconscious while you kept hitting him with the wrench.

“Then he deployed a hunting knife with a 12 cm blade that he had bought not long before. He stabbed Stephen in the neck and fatally severed his carotid and jugular arteries. Stephen died at the scene.”

Judge Ellis said Regan Frost-Lawn had heard and witnessed part of the attack and yelled at her brother to stop and warn her sister Grace that Nathan had a knife.

“Then you walked into Regan’s room and stabbed him many times in the back and shoulder, puncturing his lungs and causing massive internal bleeding. Then you did a fatal attack on his head and neck.

“Then you got the keys to sleep, but luckily Grace had heard Regan screaming and escaped. She managed to hide nearby and called the police. I have no doubt Regan saved Grace’s life that night.”

Grace Lawn fought back tears as she read her victim impact statement.

“I’ve had sleepless nights wondering why someone has revenge on their own brother and father, especially after everything Dad has done for you to try to get your life back on track and keep you from sitting on the couch drinking your life.

“You took our only father, who had destroyed his life to make sure that we children had food in our mouths.”

Grace told the court that she needed counseling and was suffering from anxiety.

“I have days where I sit and blame myself for what happened, but on second thought, I consider myself lucky to have given up my dream when I did it because I feel like if I hadn’t left when I did, you would have killed me too. But no I’d trade those two for me in a heartbeat. “

Grace told her brother that she still loved him.

“Nathan, I care about you. You had the potential to go far in life, but what you have done makes me sick with excruciating pain and pain. I still love you and want the best for you, whatever it may look like. in the future. . “

Stephen Frost’s sister, Alison Turner, said she had put her anger aside.

“I chose to feel sorry for you. You are a pitiful, self-centered nobody. A stronger person would have recognized that I needed help. You chose not to. You don’t acknowledge anything, instead you took two lives.”

Another sister, Sharon Wimsett, was not so forgiving.

“I hate what you’ve done to our family and I’m so mad at you for causing us so much pain and forever having to know what you did to them.

“I hate that they died violently and brutally and that Regan must have been terrified and I pray that Stephen didn’t understand what was happening.”

Wimsett said the family remained united in their grief, while Nathan Frost was alone and she hoped he would remain that way for the rest of his life.

Stephen’s brother Grant Frost told Nathan that he would never forget or forgive him for the cowardly attack on his brother and nephew.

“There is no place on this Earth for a deranged soul like yours, who kills his own kind in cold blood. Your horrible actions have affected and changed our family forever. A family you will never be involved with again or you will never be a part of again.

“If there is any justice in this world, I hope you never get parole and spend the rest of your life in jail.”

In sentencing, Judge Ellis said that although psychiatrists found Nathan Frost to be fit to advocate and sane at the time of the murders, it was clear that he had mental health problems.

But she said that was not an excuse and did not fully explain her offense.

Judge Ellis said Nathan Frost struggled to express remorse or guilt for the killings and a mental health diagnosis was expected to reveal itself over time if he underwent treatment.

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