Pora bail referred to High Court

SHANE COWLISHAW
Last updated 14:58 13/03/2014
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CLAIMS INNOCENCE: Teina Pora has denied being involved in the killing of Susan Burdett since his arrest and conviction for her murder.

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Convicted murderer Teina Pora will have to wait a little longer for his chance for freedom after a bail hearing today.

Pora was convicted in 1994 for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in her South Auckland home and has been in prison for more than 20 years.

Ms Burdett, 39, was found bludgeoned to death in her Papatoetoe home in 1992.

But the Privy Council has granted Pora leave to appeal against his convictions in a case that will be heard over three days in London later this year.

Today in the Court of Appeal in Wellington, Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs argued for his release on bail pending the hearing.

But Court of Appeal president Mark O'Regan said it was outside the court's jurisdiction to hear a bail hearing regarding a Privy Council case.

It was referred to the High Court for consideration.

Pora, now 38, did not appear at the hearing.

Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs said it was disappointing bail had not been granted, but the decision was not unexpected.

He was pleased the Court of Appeal had agreed to forward all material straight to the High Court and he was hopeful a new date would be set soon.

Pora had a parole hearing soon but bail was different, as you continued to serve your sentence while on parole while your sentence effectively stopped when on bail, he said.

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