Lundy case review pushed back

MARK LUNDY: Appearing at the High Court in Wellington today.
MARK LUNDY: Appearing at the High Court in Wellington today.

The scheduled retrial for Mark Lundy, accused of murdering his wife and daughter, has been delayed about eight months.

Lundy, 55, was due to have a trial in Wellington starting on June 9 and perhaps lasting eight weeks.

But a hearing in the High Court today was told that legal issues and scientific testing needed to be complete before the retrial could take place. That was not able  to be finished in time for the June start date.

Instead time in June might be used to hear challenges to the proposed scientific evidence. Both sides are still arranging testing, Justice Ron Young said.

It is now planned Lundy's trial will begin next February.

Lundy is charged with murdering his wife Christine, 37, and daughter Amber, 7, at their Palmerston North home on August  29, 2000. He was found guilty the following year but continued to protest his innocence.

Last October the Privy Council in London quashed his convictions and said he should be retried.

Lundy was freed on bail soon after and is living at an address which is suppressed.

Lundy was at court today and left without commenting. His lawyer was Ross Burns, of Auckland.

Philip Morgan, QC, of Hamilton, and Palmerston North Crown Prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk appeared for the Crown.

The Dominion Post