Tauranga builder admits wife's murder

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Rex Prole has pleaded guilty to a charge of murder after the death of his wife. Photo / John Borren
Rex Prole has pleaded guilty to a charge of murder after the death of his wife. Photo / John Borren

A Tauranga builder accused of murdering his wife has pleaded guilty in the High Court at Rotorua this morning.

Rex Leverett John Prole, 64, is charged with murdering 57-year-old Robyn Prole, also known as Robyn Anne Phipps, whose body was found lying near the entrance to her home in Bell St, Judea on July 20, 2012.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mrs Prole, a Brookfield Primary School teacher, died as a result of a single stab wound.

An application for a protection order against Prole had been made by the victim at the time of the stabbing.

Mrs Prole was a teacher aide, helping children at Brookfield Primary School learning English as a second language.

Principal Robert Hyndman said Mrs Prole had been at the school for 12 years and developed strong links with Tauranga's Indian community in that time.

"She was a very gentle, caring person and had a very generous spirit. She would do whatever she could for people," Mr Hyndman said last year.

"Robyn would not hurt a fly. She was always, 'the cup is half full', always very positive in her outlook, that kind of person."

Prole will appear in court for sentencing on 23 May.

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