High-profile defence lawyer Greg King had received disturbing
health news just days before he was found dead at the
The body of the 43-year-old was found beside his car on
Saturday morning in the Wellington suburb of Newlands.
In a column today dedicated to his close friend, Sir Bob
Jones writes that while Mr King accepted a diagnosis of
diabetes last year as "a minor nuisance", a "fresh problem"
with the diagnosis arose last week.
He said the suggestion he had been affected by public
condemnation of the Ewen Macdonald not guilty verdict in the
Scott Guy murder trial was wrong. Instead, the lawyer
accepted opprobrium was part of his job.
A police spokesman would not comment on a post-mortem
examination yesterday after coroner Wallace Bain issued a
written warning to media about the conditions which apply to
reporting deaths referred to the coroner.
Of Ngati Tuwharetoa descent and the son of a prison officer,
Mr King grew up in Turangi. He loved beautiful cars and
boxing - he claimed to have been known as the Canvas Kisser
in his youth. Rugby league, animals, collecting art, alcohol
and fried food made that list, too.
In 2007 he was named Barrister of the Year and was the host
of The Court Report, on the now defunct TVNZ 7, which focused
on contemporary legal issues. He practised with his wife,
Catherine Milnes-King, out of Lower Hutt.
- Yvonne Tahana