report of the internal police review of the Crewe murders
investigation will be made public today.
Rochelle Crewe broke her 40-year silence in the Herald in
October 2010 to ask police to reopen their investigation to
find out who killed her parents, Harvey and Jeannette in
The request was refused but police bosses agree to conduct a
"thorough analysis and assessment of the Crewe homicide file
in an endeavour to answer questions raised by Rochelle
The review was announced by then Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope
A report will also be released today by David Jones QC, who
provided independent oversight and assessment of the review.
Harvey and Jeannette Crewe were murdered at their Pukekawa
farmhouse in 1970.
Arthur Allan Thomas was found guilty of the murders in 1971
and again at a retrial in 1973. But in 1979, after he had
spent nine years in prison, he was granted a pardon on the
basis that the police case against him was not proved beyond
In 1980, a Royal Commission of Inquiry found that the police
planted evidence that was used to wrongly convict Mr Thomas
and that the farmer should never have been charged with the
The commission said neither Mr Thomas nor his rifle was
involved in the murders, which remain unsolved. He was later
paid $950,000 compensation.
- By Jamie Morton of the New Zealand Herald
The Crewe murders
1970: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe are murdered at their
Pukekawa farmhouse, south of Auckland. Their only child,
18-month-old Rochelle, is left in her cot. Arthur Allan
Thomas charged with their murders six months later.
1971: Arthur Allan Thomas is convicted of the crime. His
supporters protest his innocence.
1973: Thomas is convicted again at a retrial.
1979: Thomas receives a pardon after an investigation ordered
by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.
1980: A royal commission concludes that police planted a
shellcase in the Crewes' garden to frame Thomas for the
murder. But the case is never reinvestigated.
2010: Rochelle Crewe breaks her 40-year silence in the Herald
to ask police to re-open their investigation to find out who
killed her parents. The request is refused but police bosses
agree to conduct a "thorough analysis and assessment of the
Crewe homicide file in an endeavour to answer questions
raised by Rochelle Crewe".
2013: Herald reveals Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush's eulogy
for Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton, who led the original
Crewe murder inquiry, at his funeral. Mr Bush is now the
Commissioner but was removed from playing any part in the
Crewe review. The Herald later reveals the police have
reinterviewed Thomas and other members of his family, asking
TODAY: The findings of the Crewe review are released