13 Jul 2016

No action planned over murder comments

7:01 pm on 13 July 2016

A man named by the country's top police officer as being responsible for a historical murder will not be taking the matter further, his lawyer says.

Two weeks ago, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the police recognised that Teina Pora was innocent of the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush

Police Commissioner Mike Bush Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Mr Pora has been awarded $2.5 million for the 21 years he spent in prison after being wrongly convicted.

Mr Bush also told reporters he believed serial rapist Malcolm Rewa carried out the murder.

Rewa's lawyer, Nigel Cooke, said the comments were outrageous and he would be talking to Rewa about what the long-term prisoner wanted to do.

Today, he told RNZ that Rewa had decided to do nothing about the comments.

Rewa was found guilty of raping Ms Burdett, but two High Court juries could not decide if he murdered her and the Solicitor-General stayed proceedings.

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