Disgraced lawyer Davina Murray has had her sentencing adjourned today after a last-minute report was filed in the Auckland District Court and she admitted her guilt.
Last month Murray was found guilty of smuggling an iPhone and tobacco to rapist and murderer Liam Reid - a client she said she had fallen in love with and planned to marry - and was appearing today for sentence.
Reid, 41, is serving a 26-year minimum non-parole life sentence for the 2007 rape and murder of deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew and the rape and attempted murder of a Dunedin student a few days later.
Murray has denied the smuggling charges from the outset, but changed her plea today after Judge Russell Collins gave her a brief adjournment to make her position clear.
On her return, her lawyer Peter Williams QC, said: "She admits she did it under emotional pressure and in a confused state of mind, with no thought for ulterior use for the phone and other things. She did take them in."
Murray, who believed Reid was innocent, smuggled the contraband into Mt Eden Prison on October 7, 2011.
Judge Collins today suppressed any detail around the report regarding Murray.
He said there was no other option but to adjourn matters for all parties to reconsider their positions.
A defended hearing in July revealed the lawyer's feelings for the rapist through her text messages to a friend.
"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".
Phone calls between Murray and Reid, however, showed a different side to their relationship.
In one exchange, the prisoner tells her to "f...... toughen up" and on another occasion threatens to "smash" her.
Since being found guilty, Murray has been ordered to pay more than $61,000 in costs after two failed judicial reviews she sought while being prosecuted in July.
Murray sought to have Reid produced for a hearing and to have one of the lawyers for the Crown removed from the case, but was unsuccessful.
At the start of the month, she was also removed from the register of lawyers by the New Zealand Law Society, meaning she is unable to practice law.
Murray still has the right to appeal the decision.
She will be back in court for sentencing next month.
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