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Bodies under the bridge: the facts

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016

THE AUCKLAND DOUBLE MURDER COLD CASE TRIAL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHO

Auckland mechanic Kamal Reddy, 43, found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter in late 2006.

THE VICTIMS

Reddy's 24-year-old girlfriend, Mubarak Yusuf, also known as Pakeeza Faizal, and her three-year-old daughter Juwairiyah "Jojo" Kalim.

WHY'D IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET TO COURT?

Although the pair vanished around Christmas 2006, they weren't reported missing until early 2013 by Ms Yusuf's mother.

The police investigation ran from January 2013 to Reddy's arrest in October 2014, including six months of undercover work.

Ms Yusuf's ex-husband had hired lawyers and private investigators in the mean time.

THE CROWN CASE

Reddy inadvertently told undercover police officers he strangled Ms Yusuf with an electric cord and smothered Jojo with a pillow before burying them at a construction site under the Takapuna Landing Bridge in Auckland.

Associate Bal Naidu said Reddy came to him saying he had killed the pair and need a place to bury them.

UNDERCOVER POLICE?

After becoming suspicious of Reddy, police spent six months using undercover officers to gain his trust, eventually leading to his taped confession.

The court suppressed the exact details of the sting, but it can be reported it involved undercover officers bringing Reddy along on staged "criminal scenarios" he believed were real.

THE DEFENCE

Reddy's lawyers said he was pressured into making a false confession after repeated questioning from people he thought he could trust.

They argued the real killer was another boyfriend of Ms Yusuf's, only known by the name "James", and Reddy had helped him get rid of the bodies because he had been threatened.

THE OUTCOME

A High Court jury found Reddy guilty of both murders. He will be sentenced on June 22.

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