Corrections Minister Louise Upston on unusual relationships

The marriage at an Auckland prison between the rapist and murderer Liam Reid and his former lawyer Davina Murray is revolting, the Corrections Minister says.

Reid is serving a 23-year sentence for killing Christchurch woman Emma Agnew in 2007 and for raping and attempting to murder a university student in Dunedin nine days later.

Davina Murray was convicted and struck off as a lawyer after she smuggled an iPhone, cigarettes and a lighter into Mt Eden Prison for Reid in 2011.

Corrections Minister Louise Upston said her thoughts were with Ms Agnew’s family today.

“I just find it revolting, I find it absolutely distasteful.

Some people find shagging your own cousin to be distasteful and revolting.

“Unfortunately it’s not illegal to get married in this country but actually I think her family, it will be an absolutely tragic day for them because they know they will not see their daughter get married, and I think it is absolutely appalling.”

Cousin shagging isn’t illegal either.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.  Better to have left that one for someone else to comment on.



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