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Taylor fails in bid to name Witness C

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/10/2016 Robert Lowe

David Tamihere. © Fairfax David Tamihere. Prison inmate Arthur Taylor has failed in his bid to get name suppression revoked for a prison informant, who he says committed perjury when giving evidence against David Tamihere.

Tamihere was convicted of the 1989 murders of Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Sven Hoglin, but has always maintained his innocence. He was released on parole in 2010.

Among those who testified against Tamihere was Witness C, who later went back on his evidence.

Taylor has mounted a private prosecution charging Witness C with eight counts of perjury and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

However, his application to name Witness C was dismissed by the High Court on Tuesday.

The court said it was in the long-term interests of encouraging informants to give evidence for suppression orders not to be set aside in the absence of proof of perjury.

It said whether Witness C's evidence in the Tamihere case was false and amounted to perjury would be the subject of a jury verdict at the upcoming trial.

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