19 Dec 2019

Arthur Allan Thomas' brother fears unfair trial on new charges

From Checkpoint, 5:17 pm on 19 December 2019

Arthur Allan Thomas's brother is worried the 81-year-old who spent almost a decade in jail for a crime he was pardoned for will not get a fair trial after being charged with sex offences.

Mr Thomas has pleaded not guilty to an historical rape charge and four indecent assault charges relating to two alleged victims.

His name suppression lapsed on Thursday. Arthur Thomas was twice convicted of murdering Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farm in 1970.

He was later pardoned, and paid nearly $950,000 in compensation. A scathing Royal Commission report found the police had planted a bullet case.

Mr Thomas's brother Des spoke to Lisa Owen just as the charges became public.