Face of the Day

A woman who says she is the wife of double murderer Jason Reihana has spoken out in his defence after he was treated for a debilitating illness in Waikato Hospital.

Helen Reihana, who contacted the Herald yesterday in response to complaints from another hospital patient, said the convicted killer was “the most beautiful person you would ever come across”.

She also denied claims that Reihana had had a “million dollar” bone marrow transplant, saying he had attended weekly hospital appointments and clocked up more than 400 blood transfusions during his time in prison.

“Only God can judge him. He’s human like everybody else.”

Reihana was jailed for at least 21 years – one of the country’s longest minimum-term life sentences – for killing Teresa Gunn and her partner Andrew Grabner in a frenzied knife attack in her Tauranga home in 2005

The most beautiful person you would ever come across.