Inquiries with Mr Orchard's family confirmed they were interested in entering into a restorative justice programme, but they asked for Andrews to be sentenced in Wellington.

Judge Broadmore entered the conviction and remanded Andrews to the Hastings District Court, as a nominal location, for sentencing on October 22.

He directed Andrews to enter into a restorative justice programme, during which a discussion about where sentencing should take place should occur.

Judge Broadmore entered a pre-sentence report to address all options short of imprisonment, including community and home detention options.

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