Topic: Crime

Pora's legal team stay focused following delighted outcome

By Numia Ponika-Rangi
  • Auckland

It was pure elation from Teina Pora’s family following the announcement from the Privy Council in London.

Although Pora has been cleared of all police charges for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett in Papatoetoe, the Police still have four weeks to respond to the decision.

Burdett’s brother Jim Burdett says “To me I guess, it still remains a question of who did do it, but that's for further down the track.”

There's only one option that Teina Pora's lawyers will be pushing for to protect and promote the health and future of their client and his family.

Lawyer Jonathan Krebs stated, "Naturally our argument will be that there should be now no re-trial."

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the Māori Party would like to see an independent body such as a commission to consider allegations of wrongful convictions.

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