Teina Pora leaves prison - report

Last updated 12:48 14/04/2014
Teina Pora
PETER MEECHAM
FREED: The Parole Board granted Pora parole as he "no longer poses an undue risk to the safety of the community".

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Convicted murderer Teina Pora has reportedly left prison on parole.

Pora, jailed for the 1994 rape and murder of Susan Burdett in her South Auckland home, was two weeks ago granted parole as he "no longer poses an undue risk to the safety of the community".

He was also recently granted leave to appeal his conviction to the Privy Council in London.

Pora left prison this morning, Radio New Zealand reported. His lawyer was unable to be reached for confirmation.

His parole conditions include a clause that he not speak to media "for the duration of parole".

His other conditions included undertaking counselling and drug and alcohol treatment, attending a family hui, not staying overnight anywhere without probation officer approval, not contacting any of his victims and not possessing alcohol or illicit drugs including synthetic cannabis.

Pora was refused parole last year after it emerged he had gone to visit a prostitute in the company of another criminal while on "home leave" - short release stays at home in preparation for parole.

Pora was convicted in 1994 for the rape and murder of Burdett, 39, who was found bludgeoned to death in her Papatoetoe home in 1992.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 and convicted after the second of two jury trials, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

However, Pora's lawyers argue there was no direct evidence that linked him to the scene, and that he was convicted largely because of a false confession.

Questions have been raised over the convictions and groups, including the Police Association, have called for an independent inquiry into the case.

Most Pora advocates instead point the finger at convicted rapist Malcolm Rewa, who in 1998 was convicted of raping Burdett after he was linked to semen from the scene. Two juries could not reach a decision about whether he murdered her. Rewa is serving preventive detention for solo attacks on 25 women.

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