Arthur Allan Thomas to speak about police

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 16:03 09/04/2013
Arthur Allan Thomas
PARDONED: Arthur Allan Thomas at his farm in 2000.

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Arthur Allan Thomas will make a rare media appearance tomorrow to respond to a eulogy made by Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush for former police inspector Bruce Hutton, in which Bush described the man who planted evidence against Thomas as having "integrity beyond reproach".

Thomas has scarcely spoken to the media since his pardon for the 1970 murder of the Jeanette and Harvey Crewe but will hold a press conference at the Pukekawa Hall, in Waikato, not far from where the crime took place.

At the top of his discussion list will be Bush's eulogy and the implications this has for both the independent review of the Crewe homicide file and the investigation ordered by Commissioner Peter Marshall last year, into police malpractice.

Thomas was convicted in two trials - in 1971 and 1973 - of the killing of the Crewes at their Pukekawa home but was pardoned nine years later.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry held in 1980 found Hutton and one of his detectives, Len Johnston, faked evidence against Thomas by planting a cartridge case from Thomas' rifle at the murder scene.

Hutton never accepted the commission's finding and admitted no regrets for any of his actions.

He died last week, and at the funeral on Friday Bush paid quoted a former senior officer who described Hutton as an officer whose "integrity is beyond reproach".

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