Malcolm Rewa trial: Police detective tells court of finding baseball bat at crime scene

The police detective in charge of the scene during the Susan Burdett murder investigation has spoken today at High Court of finding a baseball bat at the scene.

Neil Grimstone took the stand today on day three of the High Court trial of Malcolm Rewa, who is accused of killing Ms Burdett in 1992.

It is the third time Rewa has been on trial, accused of Ms Burdett's murder.

Mr Grimstone said he found a baseball bat across the bed where Ms Burdett's body was found.

He said there were no visible signs of blood on the bat, but that the bed was heavily stained with blood.

The Crown also presented the bat to the court, as evidence.

Mr Grimstone told the court a number of fingerprints were located inside Ms Burdett's house but none belonged to Malcolm Rewa.

The Defence yesterday alleged that it was not Rewa who killed Ms Burdett, but her own son, Dallas McKay.

The court heard how he inherited a lot of money as well as his mother's car and house after she was killed.

Under cross examination, Rewa's lawyer Paul Chambers put it to Mr McKay that he had ample time to drive from Whangārei, let yourself into her home and kill his mother - Mr McKay replied "you’re joking".

The trial continues.

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    Details of today’s testimony could be disturbing to some viewers. Source: 1 NEWS