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No new evidence against Rewa: police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016
Teina Pora's lawyer says his client falsely confessed to the 1992 murder of Susan Burdett. © TVNZ Teina Pora's lawyer says his client falsely confessed to the 1992 murder of Susan Burdett.

There's no new evidence against Malcolm Rewa to prosecute him for a third time for the 1992 murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett, Police Commissioner Mike Bush says.

Rewa was convicted of raping Ms Burdett, but two juries were unable to decide whether he murdered her.

The recent independent review by retired High Court judge Rodney Hansen, which found Teina Pora is innocent and played no part in Ms Burdett's death, also concluded that the undisputed evidence led to the "irresistible inference" that Rewa was solely responsible for the crime.

Malcolm Rewa © TVNZ Malcolm Rewa

Mr Bush said police have looked at the facts of the case again, but there was no new evidence to put before a court.

In 1998 the solicitor-general issued a stay of proceedings in the case against Rewa, which means he can only be re-prosecuted if there are exceptional circumstances or if there's new evidence.

Mr Bush said he'd sought legal advice on whether the conclusions in the Hansen report met the exceptional circumstances threshold.

However, that advice concluded they did not.

Rewa remains in prison for 24 rapes committed from 1987 to 1996. He becomes eligible for parole in 2018.

Last week, Mr Pora told Fairfax Rewa should "do the right thing" and confess to killing Ms Burdett.

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