Lawyer's trial over inmate delayed

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 05:00 09/10/2012
Liam Reid
KILLER: Liam Reid is serving one of NZ's heaviest sentences for rape and murder.

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An Auckland lawyer charged with illegally smuggling contraband to convicted murderer and rapist Liam Reid has had her case deferred.

Davina Murray, a former Maori Party political candidate, is charged with delivering a smartphone, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter to Reid on October 7 last year at Mt Eden Prison.

She was later charged with "holding a communication with him that might prejudice the safe custody of a prisoner" - in essence, passing on inappropriate information.

Reid is serving one of New Zealand's heaviest sentences for the 2007 rape and murder of deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew and the rape and attempted murder of another woman in Dunedin, soon after the murder.

He was originally sentenced to preventive detention with a 26-year minimum period, though that was reduced to 23 years on appeal. Murray visited Reid frequently in jail and has said she thinks he is innocent.

She applied to have her case delayed as her new lawyer, Charl Hirschfeld, had only recently been instructed. Her former representative, Barry Hart, was struck off for misconduct.

A defended hearing will be held on March 11.

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