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Police apply to re-try Malcolm Rewa

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

Police have announced they will apply to re-try Malcolm Rewa over the death of Susan Burdett.

Teina Pora was wrongfully convicted of killing 39-year-old Ms Burdett and served 21 years in jail before his conviction was quashed in 2015.

Rewa was in 1998 tried twice for Ms Burdett's murder, with a jury in both trials unable to reach a verdict.

After the second trial, the Solicitor-General stayed further prosecution of Rewa.

Police on Tuesday, however, said, following Mr Pora's conviction being quashed, the decision to stay the prosecution of Rewa was reviewed.

Solicitor-General Una Jagose would now apply to the High Court to re-try Rewa.

"The family of Ms Burdett have been advised of this development," Police Commissioner Mike Bush says.

"Rewa has also been advised," he said.

Jim Burdett, Susan's brother, has declined to comment.

Pora's lawyer at his 1994 and 2000 trials, Marie Dyhrberg, told NZ Newswire that she preferred not to comment and Pora's most recent lawyer, Jonathan Krebs, was the most appropriate to talk to.

Mr Krebs is out of the country this week.

A team of senior homicide detectives will work with the Manukau Crown Solicitor to make the application in the High Court to re-try Rewa and manage the case through to a third trial if one is granted.

Rewa was convicted of sex attacks against 25 women from 1987 to 1996 and is serving a lengthy sentence.

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealanders expect to see justice done and stopping at absolving Teina Pora doesn't do that.

"I think a lot of New Zealanders would be pleased that it hasn't just stopped at getting Teina Pora justice, that the government or the agencies have looked at what happens next," he said.

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