August 05, 2013
Call for $3m pardon for Pora
The lawyer who represented Arthur Allan Thomas at the royal commission into his conviction says Teina Pora should get a similar pardon and compensation.
Pora has served 20 years in jail for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett in her south Auckland home, even though the physical evidence was later found to point to lone wolf serial rapist Malcolm Rewa.
Peter Williams QC says when enough doubt was raised about Thomas’s conviction for the murders of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe, he was pardoned and a commission appointed to look into the case.
He says the same point has been reached in Pora’s case.
"He should be issued with a pardon. There should be a commission with powers to award compensation. Thomas got $1 million for nine years imprisonment, and that’s a few years ago now, so this young gentleman, he should have at least a minimum of $3 million or $4 million, and he should be released and the police who were responsible for taking a false confession, brainwashing him and all the rest of it, they should be exposed. It should be done within seven days, don’t bugger around," Mr Williams says.
Justice Minister Judith Collins yesterday vetoed any inquiry, saying Pora's lawyer is about to file an appeal with the Privy Council.
Tukua kia haere
Wetekina te hara i whiua atu ki ā Teina Pora, mē hoatu pūtea hoki ki ā ia hai utunga.
Koia te karanga ā te roia, nāna ā Arthur Allan Thomas i wawao ki mua i tētahi kōmihana motuhake.
I mauheretia ā Pora i te tau iwa tekau mā rua, mō te pāwheratanga mē te kōhurutanga ō Susan Burdett i tōnā kainga i Tāmaki, ahakoa i kitea ki roto i ngā taunaki kōrero ko whakamokamoka pāwherawhera wāhine ā Malcolm Rewa, ko ia kē te tangata hara.
Hai tā roia Peter Williams e kaha nei ki te wawao i te pani mē te rawakore, ka nui te rangirua e kitea ana e ngā tohunga ō te ture, tukua ā Pora kia haere, mē te toru miriona tāra neke atu rānei, kia tau tika te take.
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