Prison contraband hearing ends

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 17:30 23/07/2013
Lawyer Davina Murray
John Selkirk
REID'S LAWYER: Davina Murray.

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Davina Murray will discover her fate in a little over a week's time.

Murray, a lawyer and former Maori Party political candidate, is charged with smuggling contraband to prisoner Liam Reid, a convicted rapist and murderer.

Her defended hearing in the Auckland District Court has ended.

Judge Russell Collins will deliver his decision on whether or not she is guilty on Thursday next week.

Today's hearing was mostly occupied with legal argument over admissibility of evidence and challenges to search warrants used to obtain Murray's text messages.

The judge will rule on those as well as stay applications Murray has made throughout the seven-day defended hearing.

The Crown's case was that Murray and Reid were in love and she smuggled the contraband to him, acting outside the usual lawyer-client relationship.

In text messages read to the court last week she said: "I hate that I'm in love with him but I'm scared to lose him."

Another text said: "He makes me laugh. He makes me cry. He makes me feel beautiful. I love him like I have never loved anyone before. If he doesn't get out do I just shrug my shoulders and say, 'oh well'."

She later texted: "He's the best kisser I've ever kissed", and he was "seriously the best – it's like he just gets me".

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