2 Feb 2014

Struck-off lawyer visits Malcolm Rewa

6:01 pm on 2 February 2014

A struck-off lawyer, who represented the serial rapist Malcolm Rewa, has been to visit his former client in prison, but he won't say why.

Rewa is in jail for sexual assaults on 25 women, including the south Auckland woman, Susan Burdett.

On Friday, it was announced that the man who was held responsible for the rape and murder of Ms Burdett, Teina Pora, has been granted leave to appeal to the Privy Council.

Former lawyer Barry Hart went to visit Rewa in prison on Sunday.

Mr Hart won't say why he went to see Rewa or what was discussed, other than to say the Privy Council decision was mentioned.

Rewa was convicted of Ms Burdett's rape, but acquitted of her murder. Pora has always maintained his innocence.

The Privy Council appeal is expected to be heard later this year.

Mr Hart says he will reveal more detail about why he went to visit Rewa this week.