Sentencing in Dartmouth stabbing death delayed

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The sentencing hearing of a Dartmouth man who has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend has been adjourned until next month.

Christopher Hutchinson is escorted into Dartmouth provincial court on June 4 by sheriffs.

The hearing for Christopher Kenneth Hutchinson was supposed to take place at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Thursday, but the case was delayed until April 22.

Hutchinson pleaded guilty to the charge last month. With the guilty plea, he gets an automatic sentence of life in prison.

But his parole eligibility, which can range from 10 to 25 years, still needs to be determined by a judge.

Tara Lynn Park was found dead in the stairwell of an apartment on Albro Lake Road in Dartmouth last June after police responded to reports of a commotion in the building.

An autopsy determined she was stabbed to death.

Hutchinson was arrested and charged two days later and is currently in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

Police have said Park and Hutchinson were in a relationship, and have referred to the murder as a domestic dispute.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Halifax, Tara Lynn Park Albro Lake Road

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