November 08, 2017
New Government clears up Pora compo
Teina Pora is to get a further million dollars in compensation for wrongful conviction and 20 years of imprisonment.
Justice Minister Andrew Little says the case was of one of New Zealand’s worst miscarriages of justice.
Mr Pora was convicted of murdering Papatoetoe woman Susan Burdett when he was aged 17, after police induced what was found to be a false confession.
He was released in 2015 after the Privy Council quashed his conviction.
Mr Little says the Government will provide Teina Pora with an inflation adjustment of $988,000, bringing the total compensation package to just over $3.5 million.
He will get another $45,000 to over the costs from his successful judicial review of the last National Government’s refusal to inflation adjust.
The settlement brings all claims by Teina Pora against the Crown arising out of his wrongful convictions to an end.
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