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A bail application hearing for twice-
convicted murderer and rapist Teina Pora has
been referred back to the High Court at the
direction of the Court of Appeal.
Pora, 38, has spent 21 years behind bars for
the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett in
Arguments yesterday from Pora's lawyer,
Jonathan Krebs, failed to advance past
discussions around which court held
jurisdiction to hear the bail application.
Justices Mark O'Regan, John Wild and
Forrest Miller directed that documents for
Pora's appeal be for warded on to the High
Court, after establishing it was not within the
jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal to hear the
Earlier this year, Pora was granted leave to
appeal against his convictions to the Privy
Council in London.
"Our view is that there is not a jurisdiction in
this court," Justice O'Regan said today.
Papers led with the Court of Appeal for
Pora's bail hearing were to be forwarded to the
High Court, he said.
"You'll live to ght on another day in another
forum," he said to Mr Krebs.
After the hearing, Mr Krebs told media it
was disappointing Pora would have to remain
in prison but he was pleased the High Court
would hear his bail application.
"We knew it would be a di cult hearing and
the jurisdiction point has always been there.
"We're very pleased the Court of Appeal
has chosen to refer it on to the High Court."
Crown lawyer Matthew Downs said he would
oppose the High Court's jurisdiction, so
"we've got some battles ahead", Mr Krebs said.
Pursuing bail for Pora, who also has a parole
hearing set for the end of the month, was
important as a successful result would enable
him to be free of conditions set on his sentence.
"When a person's admitted to parole, they
continue to be serving their sentence, just in
the community. ey're still subject to all the
terms of their sentence ... and they're always
vulnerable to recall.
"When you're granted bail, e ectively your
sentence stops," Mr Krebs said.
Outside the court house, Krebs said Pora had
not yet heard the outcome of today's hearing.
"He has had it made clear to him that the
question of bail is not a certain one. He's
philosophical but he's 38, he has spent 21 years
in custody so far.
"Every opportunity we have to get his
freedom before we go to London, we're going
to take." Mr Krebs said he chose to appeal for
Pora's bail at the Court of Appeal because it
was a simpler process than going through the
"It's a very quick process to get applications
such as that in front of the Court of Appeal.
e process, as I understand it, through the
High Court would have been more time
consuming." Mr Krebs remained optimistic
about Pora's bid for freedom.
"We might have lost a few skirmishes around
the edges, but we're moving for ward." Dr
Downs appeared via video link from Auckland
for yesterday's hearing. --- APNZ
Pora bail application
heads to High Court
Drugs worth $25,000, drug paraphernalia,
shotgun cartridges and stolen goods were
among the illicit items Auckland police found
when they stopped three suspicious cars in
separate incidents on Tuesday.
Counties Manukau o cers stopped a vehicle
in Otahuhu about 2pm when they recognised
the driver as a drugs manufacturer in the
passenger seat, Detective Inspector Dave
More than 250g of methamphetamine
with a street value of a quarter of a million
dollars, was found in the vehicle and the two
occupants were arrested.
Further inquiries lead to a search of a
property in Mangere, where additional drug
paraphernalia and a number of cellphones
In the second incident, about 3.30pm, o cers
pulled over a suspicious vehicle without
registration plates near Mobil on Wiri Station
Road, Mr Lynch said.
A glass meth pipe was found in the car along
with various branded clothing items, shoes
and grocery items that the occupants admitted
A stolen credit card with which the driver had
attempted to obtain petrol was also recovered.
"It transpired that the intention of the two
people was to steal petrol from the Mobil
station, which is why the registration plates
had been removed from the vehicle," Mr
Later that evening a woman was stopped
in Manurewa for a tra c infringement. But
when o cers searched her vehicle more than
30g of cannabis, some LSD, Contact NT and
drug paraphernalia a along with a shotgun
cartridge were found.
e driver and her male passenger were then
arrested on various drug charges.
"We'd like to remind members of the public
that police are not the only ones able to identify
a suspicious car or person --- information
about suspicious or unusual people or cars that
members of the public can provide us with is
invaluable," Mr Lynch said. --- APNZ
Drugs and stolen goods found
when police stop suspicious cars
A forestry worker su ered a serious
leg injury when a branch crashed into
the side of his crane yesterday.
e incident happened at Colgate
Forest, west of Christchurch, about
10am, a Westpac Rescue Helicopter
e 30-year-old was own to
Christchurch Hospital with a
fractured femur when a 15-20cm
branch from the log smashed the
window of the cab hitting him in the
Co-workers were able to release the
pressure of the log by chain sawing
the branch, the spokesman said.
Forestry worker injured
A Dunedin student
who admitted supplying
Ritalin to other students
has had his conviction and
sentence quashed by the
Court of Appeal.
Last January, Druvi
Patrick Rodrigo (then
23) appeared in the
Dunedin District Court
before Judge Grant
Fraser and admitted
(Ritalin), a class B drug,
between February 1 and
September 28, 2012.
He was convicted and
on April 26 was sentenced
to 10 months' home
detention and 200 hours'
But when a co-o ender
was later discharged
without conviction after
admitting the same
o ence, Mr Rodrigo
appealed his conviction
e Court of Appeal
released its decision
Mr Rodrigo without
His lawyer, Fiona Kidd,
of Invercargill, said Mr
Rodrigo was relieved.
"We consider that
the consequences of
conviction are out of
all proportion to that
o ending. We consider
the proper outcome in
these circumstances is to
discharge Mr Rodrigo
without conviction,'' the
Court of Appeal said.
Mr Rodrigo was
studying commerce at
the University of Otago
when police obtained
text message data which
identi ed him as a Ritalin
When police searched
his home and found 17
Ritalin tablets in his
bedroom, Mr Rodrigo
admitted he had been
supplying the drug to
three other students to
help them study, and
using the pro t to buy
Ritalin for his own use.
e Court of Appeal
said Mr Rodrigo's
unsophisticated and "drug
dealing at the lower end
It took into account his
young age, lack of other
o ending and desire to
travel to the United States
or Canada. --- Otago
Drug conviction quashed
by Court of Appeal
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