Monday, March 31, 2014

Bulletin: Teina Pora: New Zealand; Released on parole pending British Privy Council appeal; His lawyer sees the release as "another step" along the way to establishing innocence. TVNZ.

STORY: "Teina Pora 'emotional' as granted parole," published by TVNZ on March 31, 2104.

GIST:  "Convicted murderer Teina Pora was emotional as he learned he would be released from prison after 21 years, his lawyer says. Pora was 17 when he was convicted of the 1992 rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett. Now 38, Pora could walk out of Paremoremo prison a free man within a week, following a decision from the Parole Board that he "no longer poses an undue risk" to the community.........Pora maintains he did not commit the crime that sent him to prison, as does his supposed victim's brother. Jim Burdett told ONE News today he was glad Pora would soon be released, as everything has always pointed to his innocence. Today's Parole Board judgement comes after Pora was granted leave to appeal against his convictions to the Privy Council in London earlier this year. Mr Burdett believes Pora deserves his chance to reintegrate into the community ahead of that hearing. "I'm pleased that he's finally got parole and it's another step along the way, I think, in him establishing his innocence." As a teenager, Pora confessed to raping and murdering Susan Burdett in 1992. He said he accompanied now-convicted serial rapist Malcolm Rewa to her house. But for the last two decades he has maintained his innocence. His chance to prove that will come later this year with a date before the Privy Council."

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