Mark Lundy's brother says a planned appeal by his sibling to
the Privy Council against his convictions for murdering his
wife and daughter brings everything back to the surface for
Mark Lundy is serving 20 years in prison for murdering his
wife Christine and his 7-year-old daughter Amber in a brutal
axe attack in their Palmerston North home in August 2000.
In 2002 he lost an appeal to the Court of Appeal, and had his
non-parole period increased to 20 years - then the longest
non-parole period for a life sentence ever handed down in New
Lundy's brother Craig Lundy said today the news he had
applied to appeal to the Privy Council brought everything
"Everything was just lying nice and low and it brings
everything back into the forefront and just puts stress and
everything on me and my family. I wanted to keep my kids, my
wife and me...everything nice and easy," Mr Lundy told
He believed his brother was guilty of the murders and said he
felt vulnerable when publicity around the case increased.
"It does make it difficult because you don't know what's
going to happen. It's just fearful for what's going to happen
around the corner and how are we going to get through with
the things with the kids, with their vulnerability."
He believed Mark was guilty because of what people had said
to him and "what I know of him, what he is just as a
"It's not going to change anything, he's still my brother, I
still love him as a brother, but there's a difference between
head and heart."
He did not know what grounds Lundy would be appealing on, nor
did he know anything about how it would be funded.
A spokesman for Mark Lundy support group Factual (For Amber
and Christine - Truth Uncovered about Lundys) said a new
appeal was lodged with the the judicial committee of the
Privy Council in London on Monday.
Lundy would be represented by lawyer David Hislop QC, a New
Zealander who now works in the UK.
Factual was largely funding the appeal, the spokesman said.
"Most of it's pro bono really. We've had a lot of people work
pro bono and all of the scientists worked free of charge."
Should it go ahead, the appeal could be one of the last of
its kind - the Supreme Court replaced the Privy Council as
New Zealand's highest court in 2004.
According to the Supreme Court Act, 2003, the Privy Council
can still determine appeals in certain existing proceedings,
including appeals against Court of Appeal judgements made
before January 1, 2004.