Surrey: A 25-year-old Surrey woman who stabbed her best friend to death two years ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Jessica Hanley was charged with the second-degree murder of 23-year-old student Tashina Rae Sutherland in May 2012. On June 16, 2014 Hanley pleaded guilty and on Wednesday, Justice Elizabeth Arnold Bailey sentenced Hanley to 10 years in prison.
During the trial, the court heard that Hanley and Sutherland had been drinking and doing cocaine the night before Sutherland’s death. They were partying at Hanley’s boyfriend’s home near 138 Street and 106 Avenue – where the women continued to drink the following morning.
At some point when the two were alone in the house that day, Hanley attacked Sutherland, stabbing her multiple times in the living room and then dragging her to the bathroom, where she continued the attack with a second knife. In all, Sutherland suffered 41 stab wounds.