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Rewa should 'do the right thing': Pora

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016

Teina Pora says Malcolm Rewa should do the right thing and confess to the murder of Susan Burdett © Nick Reed/New Zealand Herald via AP Teina Pora says Malcolm Rewa should do the right thing and confess to the murder of Susan Burdett Teina Pora says convicted serial rapist Malcolm Rewa needs to "do the right thing" and confess to killing Auckland woman Susan Burdett.

Last week Justice Minister Amy Adams announced that Mr Pora would get $2.5 million in compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment after an independent report found he was not responsible for Ms Burdett's murder.

Mr Pora also received a formal apology from the Crown, which acknowledged his innocence and the 21 years he wrongfully spent behind bars.

But Mr Pora says he hasn't got closure just yet, because no one has been held responsible for Ms Burdett's murder.

Convicted serial rapist Malcolm Rewa was found guilty of her rape, but two juries were unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge.

Mr Pora says there's "no doubt" Rewa should be prosecuted again.

That would bring closure not just for him, but also for the Burdett family.

"They're still sitting at home wondering what's the system going to do?" Mr Pora told Fairfax.

He had a message for Rewa, who remains in prison for 24 rapes committed from 1987 to 1996.

"If I had the chance, if I was face to face, I would just like to say to him, 'hey man do the right thing'," Mr Pora said.

"If he says that he's a Christian, then I hope he looks into his heart and does the right thing."

Meanwhile, Mr Pora said he would like to use some of his compensation money to travel the world.

"I can finally do that now," he said.

"I don't have to jump over a wall to go travel around."

Mr Pora's legal team is challenging the amount of compensation he was granted and the decision made by cabinet not to adjust part of the amount for inflation.

However, he will get the amount cabinet has already approved paid to him.

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