Oh, you’re sick of Bain? Here comes Lundy!

Credit: Fairfax

Credit: Fairfax

Jimmy Ellingham and Matthew Appleby reported last night

In a decision announced in London last night, the Privy Council unanimously decided to allow Lundy’s appeal and said he should face re-trial as quickly as possible for the murders of wife Christine and daughter Amber, 7.

For now Lundy, 54, will remain in Rangipo Prison, pending any court decision to grant bail.

He is 12 1/2 years into a 20-year minimum jail term for the August 29, 2000, killings, but has always maintained his innocence.  

Jarad Savage adds

The appeal hinged on seven grounds, the most crucial being a challenge to the reliability of the science used to identify DNA matter found on Lundy’s shirt as brain tissue, the time of death and when the Lundy family computer was switched off.

Instead of magazines standing on edge and “parallel” lines, get ready to become an expert in brain tissue and computer viruses as the media and the courts revisit this case.

Main arguments in Lundy’s original trial

The Crown case was that Lundy went to Wellington on August 29, 2000, on a sales trip. He checked into a motel at 5pm, and 30 minutes later received a phone call from his wife telling him Amber’s Girl Guides meeting was cancelled and they were having McDonald’s for dinner.

The Crown said Lundy convinced Christine to get Amber into bed by 7pm so they could have a romantic evening. He then drove 150km back to Palmerston North at high speed, parked 500m from his home, then ran inside around 7pm and attacked his wife with a tomahawk. When Amber got up to see what was happening, he killed her too. He then sped back to Wellington, arriving just before 8.30pm, when he phoned a friend.

Lundy said he stayed in Petone, read a book, drank alcohol and paid a prostitute to visit him at 11.30pm.


You can view the full Privy Council Decision here: Mark Lundy Privy Council Judgment.

Sources:  Fairfax, NZ Herald

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