April 22, 2020
Swedes’ families considered in Tamihere conviction rethink
David Tamihere says he feels for the families of the two Swedish tourists he was convicted of murdering in 1989.
Mr Tamihere has been granted special leave to appeal that conviction, and he hopes the Court of Appeal will this time consider evidence that contradicts the versions of events put by the police.
What he is calling a miscarriage of justice affected not just himself but his son and his siblings, as well as the families of Urban Hoglund and Heidi Paakkonen.
"Because I was talking to a policeman at one stage there and he was telling me they had been to Sweden three times, been with the family and all that. And I was thinking, you're going in these people's homes, you ate their food, and you lied through your back teeth all the way through it. And that is something that should not be forgotten, it's their family as well," Mr Tamihere says.
He had never tried to contact the Swedes’ families because it would be inappropriate to do after the way he was painted by the prosecution.
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