Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bulletin: Mark Lundy; New Zealand Newswire reports that the Privy Council will release its decision on his appeal of convictions for murdering his wife Christine and seven-year-old daughter Amber; Lundy's lawyers argued that the Crown's case relied on "bad science" - allegedly unreliable methods to assess DNA evidence and to establish the time of death;

STORY: "Lundy to learn fate next week," published by New Zealand Newswire on October 1, 2013.

GIST: "Double murderer Mark Lundy will learn the fate of his bid for freedom next week, with the Privy Council in London set to hand down its judgment on his appeal. Lundy has served more than 11 years of a 20-year jail sentence since being found guilty of killing his wife Christine and seven year-old daughter Amber in a brutal attack at their Palmerston North home in 2000. He was granted permission in February to appeal his conviction to the Privy Council and a hearing took place in June.
The Privy Council will deliver its decision on Monday night (NZ time). During the appeal hearing, Lundy's lawyers argued that the Crown's case relied on "bad science". David Hislop, QC, said the methods used to assess DNA evidence and to establish time of death were unreliable according to a number of experts, and that had not been made clear to the jury. However, deputy solicitor-general Cameron Mander said opinions questioning the scientific testing had been available at the time of the trial and the defence deliberately chose not to present them. Lundy's lawyers placed huge emphasis on the police timeline, and say the suggested time of death between 7pm and 7.15pm is crucial to proving that Lundy was the killer. Mr Mander disputed that, saying the unreliability of the time of death testing was well canvassed during the trial, and the jury still reached a guilty verdict. A panel of five justices heard the appeal."

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