Reid 'Jekyll and Hyde' character - Crown

01:43, Jan 31 2009

The Crown has completed its closing address in the trial of Liam James Reid, after a marathon all-day session in the High Court at Christchurch, accusing him of being a "Jekyll and Hyde" character.

Crown prosecutor Pip Currie began her address mid-morning and ended just before 5pm.

The defence closing is due to begin at 9.30am tomorrow.

That will be followed by the summing up by Justice Lester Chisholm, before he sends the jury out to consider its verdicts in the four-week trial, the Christchurch Court News website reported.

Reid, 36, denies raping and murdering Emma Agnew, 20, in Christchurch in November last year and raping, sexually violating, robbing and attempting to murder a 21-year-old student in Dunedin nine days later.

Mrs Currie said Reid's evidence to the trial - given on Friday and yesterday - was that "everyone else is lying, mistaken, or unreliable, and is trying to frame him".


She described Reid as "a real Jekyll and Hyde" who had an abrupt change of personality. Even in his own evidence he had said he "snaps and loses it".

She accused him of inventing alibis for both sex attacks.

She told the jury that when Reid spoke of a pubic-like hair identified as his "floating through the open door or window of Emma Agnew's car you may have wanted to hold up your Tui's `Yeah, Right' signs".

She said there were two Liam Reids: one smooth-talking, intelligent, articulate, and the other threatening, aggressive, and dangerous.