26 Jan 2011

Murderer files perjury charges against witnesses

8:13 am on 26 January 2011

A convicted murderer has filed perjury charges against a number of people who gave evidence at his High Court trial.

Stephen Hudson was found guilty of killing a Palmerston North drug dealer, Nicholas Pike, who disappeared without a trace in 2002.

Hudson continues to maintain his innocence.

The charges allege the witnesses perjured themselves or obstructed the course of justice when they gave evidence at the trial in 2009.

Stephen Hudson represented himself the Wellington District Court hearing on Tuesday.

Name suppression was sought for the accused, but Hudson opposed that saying the majority of them had no reputation to protect.

The judge granted interim name suppression to all those charged by Hudson and adjourned the cases for eight weeks, as the Solicitor-General is considering seeking a stay of the prosecutions.