Convicted murderer Teina Pora has been released from
prison on parole this morning, his lawyer has confirmed.
Pora was granted parole late last month, having earlier been
denied bail by the High Court at Auckland.
That application was made ahead of a scheduled Privy Council
hearing in London later this year, where Pora will appeal
against his convictions for the rape and murder of Auckland
woman Susan Burdett.
Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs said Pora was released today,
but he was unable to say much more because of a parole
condition that forbids Pora having any direct or indirect
contact with the media.
"I just hope that the media and everybody else leaves him
alone and allows him to get on with the process of
reintegration into the community after 21 years.''
At his first trial in 1994, Pora, now 38, was found guilty of
the murder of Ms Burdett, who was beaten with a softball bat
in the bedroom of her south Auckland home in 1992. Pora has
since spent about 21 year behind bars.
He had confessed to police but a retrial was ordered as
doubts began to emerge about his involvement.
After that first trial, serial rapist Malcolm Rewa was
convicted for raping Ms Burdett.
His DNA was found at the scene and at Pora's re-trial in 2000
the Crown argued the two acted together. Pora was again found
guilty but has now been granted leave to appeal against the