Final judgement in Teina Pora’s appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London will be made tonight at 10pm NZ local time.
Last year in April, Pora was released on parole from a 20 years sentence in prison, for the rape and murder of Aucklander, Susan Burdett in 1992.
Pora’s legal team wants the Privy Council to quash his conviction based on an undiagnosed foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) which led him to make a false confession.
However, during the November hearing Solicitor-General, Michael Heron QC has said that the brain injury could likewise explain how Pora was talked into participating in the 1992 rape and murder of Ms Burdett.
In 1994, Pora’s first conviction was quashed due to DNA evidence linking the attack on Ms Burdett to serial rapist, Malcolm Rewa. In 1998, Rewa was found guilty of her rape. In 2000, a retrial found Pora guilty again.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council give its judgment in Pora v The Queen in the Supreme Court.
This involves three members of the Board processing into the courtroom and one of the judges giving a brief verbal summary of the background to the appeal, their decision and the rationale for that decision.
The processing is expected to last around five minutes where Counsel for the parties are not expected to address the Board.