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Defence to start in double murder trial

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

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 defence lawyer is due to give his opening arguments in the trial of a man accused of murdering his partner and her daughter and burying their bodies under an Auckland bridge.

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 case wrapped up on Monday afternoon, and defence lawyer Johnathan Krebs is due to open his case later in the day.

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 he thought he could trust.

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.

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