Pora bail referred to High Court

SHANE COWLISHAW
Last updated 14:58 13/03/2014
Teina Pora
CLAIMS INNOCENCE: Teina Pora has denied being involved in the killing of Susan Burdett since his arrest and conviction for her murder.

Related Links

Teina Pora gets Privy Council appeal Teina Pora bail hearing ahead of appeal

Relevant offers

Crime

Police seek three men after assault Prisoner escapes from hospital Corrections officer stood down after Phillip Smith claims Surf lifesaving equipment stolen in Coromandel Man jailed for bashing drug dealer 'Disturbingly realistic' replica gun leads to charges Howick driving charge name suppression lifted Stalker filled petrol tank with concrete Police seek Upper Hutt axe attack evidence Knickers and knick-knacks nicked

Convicted murderer Teina Pora will have to wait a little longer for his chance for freedom after a bail hearing today.

Pora was convicted in 1994 for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in her South Auckland home and has been in prison for more than 20 years.

Burdett, 39, was found bludgeoned to death in her Papatoetoe home in 1992.

But the Privy Council has granted Pora leave to appeal against his convictions in a case that will be heard over three days in London later this year.

Today in the Court of Appeal in Wellington, Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs argued for his release on bail pending the hearing.

But Court of Appeal president Mark O'Regan said it was outside the court's jurisdiction to hear a bail hearing regarding a Privy Council case.

It was referred to the High Court for consideration.

Pora, now 38, did not appear at the hearing.

Pora's lawyer, Jonathan Krebs, said it was disappointing bail had not been granted, but the decision was not unexpected.

He was pleased the Court of Appeal had agreed to forward all material straight to the High Court and he was hopeful a new date would be set soon.

Pora had a parole hearing soon but bail was different, as you continued to serve your sentence while on parole while your sentence effectively stopped when on bail, he said.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content