June 16, 2016
Pora compo half what’s needed – Little
Labour leader Andrew Little says Teina Pora is being shortchanged.
The Goverment has offered Mr Pora just $2.5 million for the 21 years he was imprisoned after being wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of south Auckland woman Susan Burdett.
It refuses to inflation-adjust the annual tariff of about $100,000 which was set in 2001.
Mr Little says it needs to go back and start again.
"Anything less than $5 million is probably not taking the issue seriously. Twenty one years of your life banged up in jail for a crime you didn't commit on the back of a police investigation that clearly, whether it's with the benefit of hindsight or whatever, you look at it now and you wonder how on earth this guy who couldn't even explain basic details of the crime he was accused of committing, they could proceed all the way to two trials until people intervened and they actually got some decent evidence," he says.
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