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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Trial date set for Rewa retrial

    Malcolm Rewa looks set to face trial for a third time over the alleged murder of Susan Burdett, with a trial date was set for February 2019.


    Malcolm Rewa looks set to face trial for a third time over the alleged murder of Susan Burdett.

    A trial date of February 11, 2019 was set by Justice Simon Moore when Rewa appeared at the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday morning.

    Teina Pora was wrongfully convicted of killing 39-year-old Ms Burdett and served 21 years in jail before his conviction was quashed in 2015.

    Rewa was in 1998 tried twice over Ms Burdett's death, with a jury in both trials unable to reach a verdict.

    After the second trial, the Solicitor-General stayed further prosecution of Rewa, but this was recently revoked following the quashing of Mr Pora's conviction.

    Rewa, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sex attacks against 25 women, now again faces a single charge of murder.

    Wednesday marked his first appearance in court since the decision to retry him.

    Question marks have been raised about whether Rewa can get a fair trial.

    His former lawyer, Barry Hart, earlier this year said a fair retrial would be impossible, calling it "almost laughable".


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