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Accused killer says cops got it wrong

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Mubarak Yusef and her three-year-old daughter Juwairiyah Kalim were murdered. © NZ Police Mubarak Yusef and her three-year-old daughter Juwairiyah Kalim were murdered. A man accused of murdering his partner and her child says he tried to tell police he wasn't the killer but they didn't believe him.

Kamal Reddy, 42, is standing trial accused of murdering Mubarak Yusuf and her three-year-old child, Juwairiyah "Jojo" Kalim, in late 2006.

The Crown says Reddy unwittingly told undercover police officers in October 2014 he had strangled 24-year-old Ms Yusuf - also known as Pakeeza Faizal - and smothered the girl before taking police to their bodies under the Takapuna Landing Bridge.

However, the defence says a taped confession by Reddy to police was false and he was pressured into lying during repeated questioning by undercover officers.

While giving evidence on Tuesday, the accused said he did not kill the two victims.

He said he tried to tell the undercover officers another man committed the crime, but they didn't believe him so he took the crime on himself.

He also said he was fearful of the real killer - a man he has identified only as "James", who was dating Ms Yusuf around the time of her death.

Earlier in the trial a photo of Reddy was shown to the court, where he was standing at the grave site, allegedly identifying the site to an undercover officer.

However he said on Wednesday he didn't know the officer was taking a photo at the time.

Although the details of the police sting can't be published, it can be reported that Reddy joined officers in a series of "simulated criminal scenarios" over a period of six months in 2014 that ended in the alleged admission.

The trial continues.

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