David Tamihere unfazed by parole delay

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 11:52 15/11/2012
DAVID TAMIHERE
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DAVID TAMIHERE: The convicted killer maintains his innocence.

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Murderer David Tamihere's parole breach hearing has been adjourned until the middle of next year.

Tamihere, who was convicted of the murders of Swedish tourists Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakkonen, was released on parole in 2010 despite continuing to deny the crimes.

One of his parole conditions was that he stay away from the Coromandel Peninsula where the crimes were committed.

He was charged with breaching that condition after television current affairs programme Sunday flew him over the area in a helicopter. 

He was due to defend the charge in the Waitakere Ditstrict Court today but the fixture was adjourned until May next year as it needed a full day to be heard and some information had not been received by the defence.

Defence lawyer Murray Gibson questioned why the hearing was even continuing when the Parole Board had already declined to recall Tamihere to prison.

He said the result would almost inevitably be a conviction and discharge so the Department of Corrections was only pursuing it on a matter of principle.

Prosecution lawyers disagreed, saying the Parole Board decision had no bearing on the separate court proceedings.

Outside court, Tamihere said he would continue to deny the offence as it was a matter of principle.

He said he did not mind the wait.

"I've waited 20 years," he said. 

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