Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bulletin: Mark Lundy: (Aftermath 5); Freed on bail; His lawyer says "the polarisation of views of the general public that has occurred in New Zealand since the initial conviction might be a problem in getting a fair trial." ONE News.

STORY: "I'm glad today has come" says Lundy's nephew," published by ONE News on Oc tober 11, 2013.

GIST: "The nephew of Mark Lundy says he is "over the moon" after his uncle was granted bail at a hearing at the High Court in Wellington this afternoon. Steven Jones says he was cautiously optimistic before today's hearing, but that the decision has left him and his family ecstatic and extremely relieved. "Everyone is really happy about the whole thing," he told ONE News. "I've always supported him and never wavered. I'm glad today has come." Mr Jones said the whole process has been "pretty hard" and a long time coming for the family. Lundy will be released from Rangipo Prison after spending more than 12 years behind bars after being convicted for murdering his wife Christine and daughter Amber in 2000. He has maintained his innocence since being jailed for a minimum non-parole period of 20 years 2002. This week the Privy Council agreed that his convictions were flawed, quashing them and sending the case back to the High Court of New Zealand. The Privy Council recommended the Palmerston North man face a retrial as soon as possible and ordered him to remain in jail for the time being.........Justice Ron Young said Lundy must report to police once a week and not be in contact with anyone who gave evidence at his first trial.
Also, Lundy's bailed address must not be disclosed. ONE News reporter Georgina Ball said the Judge told the court he was satisfied Lundy was not a danger to the public. Earlier this week David Hislop, QC, said Lundy could face his murder retrial within a year and he should be able to leave prison while he prepares for it. "The strength of the case against Lundy is essentially so suspect that bail should be seriously entertained," he said. Mr Hislop said it could be difficult to find an independent jury in New Zealand who could deliver an impartial verdict on the evidence at a retrial. "The polarisation of views of the general public that has occurred in New Zealand since the initial conviction might be a problem in gaining a fair trial.""

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