Tamihere’s “Witness C” perjury confirmed

A jury has found a secret witness, who gave evidence at David Tamihere’s 1990 murder trial, guilty of lying in court but not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Witness C, who has name suppression, gave evidence for the Crown, saying Tamihere told him he had sexually molested the Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Sven Hoglin, killed them and dumped their bodies at sea.

After about eight hours of deliberation, the jury at the High Court in Auckland found Witness C guilty on eight charges of perjury and not guilty on one charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Witness C showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

He has been remanded for sentencing in early October.

Outside the courtroom today, Mr Tamihere said the verdict was a step in the right direction against secret witnesses, but there was still a long way to go.

“We’ll have to have a real good look at it, and see what happens after this. This is major for me, and major for the whole concept of secret witnesses, and the way they use them, and the protection that they give them.”

I’m a fan of the police in general.   But the question stands out like a sore thumb:

Just exactly how many New Zealand high profile murder cases locked up the right person?



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