A Porirua woman has been sentenced to 12 months home detention for killing her partner during a domestic violence incident in a possible legal first.

Mother of five, Aaliyah Tagatauli, has previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter after stabbing Mura Tagatauli in the leg last March, he later died in Wellington Hospital.

Justice Clifford said he has not seen, or been able to find a case where manslaughter by stabbing led to a sentence of home detention.

But he said despite the loss of a person's life, she is not someone who needs prison, nor did she intent to kill her partner that day.

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