Pora’s legal team ask for more than $2.5m

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Teina Pora’s legal team is saying the Government is pushing him to make a decision on whether to accept its offer of $2.5 million in compensation.

But they are considering rejecting it and asking for more because inflation wasn’t taken into account, as Rodney Hansen QC — the retired judge who made the call to offer Mr Pora compensation — recommended.

“The decision whether to challenge this aspect is complex and will take time to reach,” a statement from Mr Pora’s legal team read.

“Mr Pora is under immense pressure of finances and emotion but has been asked to either accept or decline the offer which the Government has made.

“This means that if he wishes to consider challenging even one small aspect of the offer he must decline the offer in full — at least in the meantime. We think that is unfair.”

Mr Pora’s legal team has told Justice Minister Amy Adams that he will need more time to decide.

He doesn’t have the option of accepting the deal and pushing for more at a later date — and they want that changed to allow him “the ability to consider his position in an unpressured way, while allowing the Government the comfort of knowing that any court challenge would be limited to a discrete issue”.

Prime Minister John Key said this morning the Government had no obligation to pay Mr Pora anything, and the amount offered was based on Cabinet guidelines written up in 2001.

Mr Pora was wrongly jailed for 21 years, after twice being convicted of the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

Bit of a toss-up really.  $2.5m now, or throw the dice for more, less, nothing or no real progress after a considerable legal delay.

No doubt the legal vultures are circling to suck more of Pora’s funds down their own gullets.

Putting Pora’s specific case aside, if the Cabinet guidelines stipulate $2.5m for robbing someone of 20 years of their life, then that’s clearly not enough.  That said, Pora’s not someone who claimed he was innocent from the beginning.  In fact, he plead guilty twice.

 

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