Teina Pora has been granted parole after a hearing with the New Zealand Parole Board today.
According to a statement released by the board, “Teina Pora has been granted parole as he no longer poses an undue risk to the safety of the community. He will be released on an undisclosed date.”
Convicted twice of being party to a brutal rape and murder, Teina Pora has continued to maintain he is innocent.
His story was the subject of a documentary which screened on Māori Television.
THE CONFESSIONS OF PRISONER T provided an exclusive overview of the case – from the reliability of Pora’s videotaped confessions, conducted over four days without a lawyer to the last-ditch appeal to have his conviction set aside.
Teina Pora was handed a life sentence at the age of 17 for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1994. He has spent more than 20 years in prison.