Convicted murderer Teina Pora has formally begun his Privy
Council appeal process.
Pora's lawyers Jonathan Krebs, Ingrid Squire and Tim McKinnel
this afternoon filed Pora's application for leave to further
appeal against his convictions for the rape and murder of
Susan Burdett and for aggravated burglary in 1992.
The council's judicial committee will now consider whether
Pora should be permitted to argue his appeal.
If leave is granted, his lawyers are hopeful an appeal can be
heard early next year.
"It's been in the pipeline for some months," said Ms Squire.
"Until then the team was looking at a Royal Prerogative of
Mercy process and since 2011 we've been in that process.
"A few months ago it became apparent to us that largely due
to timing, we needed to make this application and it was a
gathering of all of this information that we needed," Ms
"It's so significant for Teina and for the New Zealand
justice system quite frankly - it had to be done properly."
All three lawyers involved were offering their service pro
bono, Ms Squire said.
"We were together when the documents were filed. We made a
point of being together as a team and we'd spoken to Teina
earlier and he knew that it was coming. He's always pleased
to see some progress and humbled by the tremendous support
that he's had from the public."
Pora was convicted of Ms Burdett's rape and murder in 1994
after confessing to police and found guilty again at a
retrial in 2000. This was ordered after the semen in
Burdett's body was found to belong to Malcolm Rewa.
Rewa was eventually convicted of Burdett's rape, but two
juries couldn't decide about murder.
Pora's lawyers will argue his admissions cannot be relied on,
citing new expert evidence on false confessions and criminal
Earlier this month Justice Minister Judith Collins admitted
Pora may have been wrongly convicted.
Act leader John Banks, who was Police Minister at the time
Pora was charged, the Police Association, Maori Party, Labour
and NZ First leader Winston Peters have also questioned the