Story: Violent crime

Graeme Burton, multiple murderer

Graeme Burton, multiple murderer

Prison guards surround Graeme Burton on 3 April 2007 as he receives a life sentence with preventive detention and a 26-year minimum sentence for the murder of Karl Kuchenbecker and the attempted murder of four other people near Wainuiomata earlier that year. Burton was one of New Zealand's most notorious murderers, with over 100 convictions for violence, including the murder of Paul Anderson in Wellington in 1992. In February 2010 he received another sentence of preventive detention for the attempted murder of a former Headhunter gang member, Dwayne Marsh. Burton stabbed Marsh 27 times with an improvised weapon in Pāremoremo Prison in December 2008. His defence claimed that he just wanted to injure Marsh, not to kill him.

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Killers who kill again', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 June 2023)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Mar 2019