Malcolm Rewa sex assault victim welcomes police bid to re-try him for murder: 'I'm really pleased' for Susan Burdett's family

A woman sexually assaulted by Malcolm Rewa is surprised by the police move to try him for a third time for the murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett in 1992.

Rewa was tried twice in 1998 for the murder, but in both trials the jury was unable to reach a verdict and after the second trial the Solicitor-General stayed further prosecution of Rewa. 

Teina Pora spent more than 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of Ms Burdett when he was 17 but his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council in 2015.

Police announced today that the Solicitor-General has agreed to apply to the High Court to re-try Rewa.

A woman who was sexually assaulted by Rewa today told 1 NEWS she wasn't expecting this, and hopes his victims get closure.

"For me it's always felt that, you know, the case couldn't be closed and there was no closure for Susan Burdett's family. So I'm really pleased for them," said the woman who has name suppression. 

"I really do hope that they get the closure that they deserve. It's been a very long road for them and I think for all of Malcolm Rewa's victims, you know. Over the last 20 years it's constantly been in the media," she said.

After Teina Pora's conviction for the murder of Ms Burdett was quashed, the decision to stay the prosecution of Rewa was reviewed at police request.  

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said today: "I can confirm that the Solicitor-General has agreed to make an application to the High Court to re-try Mr Rewa."

The family of Ms Burdett have been advised of this development and Mr Rewa has also been advised, Mr Bush said in a statement.

A team of senior and experienced homicide detectives under the oversight of Detective Superintendent Dave Lynch have commenced preparation work on the file, and will work with the Manukau Crown Solicitor to make the application in the High Court and manage the case through to a third trial if one is granted, the Commissioner said.

It follows a Privy Council ruling two years ago clearing Teina Pora of the murder. Source: 1 NEWS




'It's been a long time coming' - Teina Pora's private investigator welcomes fresh bid to try Malcolm Rewa over Susan Burdett's murder

The private investigator who worked on the Teina Pora case says the police's decision to re-try Malcolm Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett has been a "long time coming".

Rewa was tried twice in 1998 for the Auckland woman's murder. 

In both trials the jury was unable to reach a verdict over Ms Burdett's murder in 1992.

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Teina Pora was convicted of raping and murdering Ms Burdett when he was 17 and was imprisoned between 1994 and 2014, but maintained his innocence.

After more than 20 years in prison, his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council in March 2015 after concerns were raised about the manner in which his confession was obtained by police.

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Tim McKinnel, the private investigator and former police detective who spent years campaigning on behalf of Mr Pora, told 1 NEWS questions had to be asked over Ms Burdett's murder once Mr Pora's convictions were quashed. 

"It shows us police are now looking at the evidence around Susan's murder objectively and thoroughly perhaps for the first time in a long time," Mr McKinnel said. 

"Teina having his convictions quashed and being found innocent was a really important step for Teina of course but we thought it was an important step for Susan and her family but it wasn't the end.

"For us the end is the police exhausting all lines of inquiry, looking at all of the evidence and making a decision about that evidence and the decision today suggests they are doing that."

Police said today that after Teina Pora's conviction for the murder of Ms Burdett was quashed, the decision to not pursue further prosecution of Mr Rewa was reviewed at police request. 

Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, said today that, "I can confirm that the Solicitor-General has agreed to make an application to the High Court to re-try Mr Rewa.

"The family of Ms Burdett have been advised of this development. Mr Rewa has also been advised."

Tim McKinnel is welcoming the police's fresh bid to re-try Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett. Source: 1 NEWS