'No miscarriage of justice' - prosecution in Mark Lundy's murder appeal say no doubt over DNA evidence used to convict him

The Crown in the appeal of convicted murderer Mark Lundy has told the court there is no doubt that DNA found on his shirt came from his wife's brain or spine.

"There is no miscarriage of justice," Philip Morgan QC told the court during his submission.

Lundy's lawyers have been arguing that the test used on the spots found on the polo shirt worn on the night of the murders is unreliable.

His defence raised questions about the use of two specific testing methods of the spots, that was presented as evidence during the 2015 trial.

The two testing methods are called mRNA, which tests what species DNA comes from, and IHC testing, which examines if it is brain or spinal cord matter.  

The Crown says the DNA tests from both trials were robust, and two guilty verdicts sound. Source: 1 NEWS

But the Crown argues there is no doubt the DNA was brain tissue of Christine Lundy.

"The tissue is unquestionably central nervous system tissue... it's a fact because a group of world leading experts say," Mr Morgan argued.

Lundy's defence lawyers yesterday also said if Lundy had committed the murders then he would have been covered in blood and brain matter, so there would have been more than two small spots.

Earlier today Mark Lundy's lawyers continued to discredit the scientific test that helped send him back to jail.

Convicted double murderer Mark Lundy has taken his case to the Court of Appeal in a bid to clear his name. Source: 1 NEWS

Arguing the test called mRNA, which helped detect human cells on the polo shirt that Lundy was wearing on the day of the murders, should not have been used to identify tissue in a forensic setting.

Mr Eaton told the court the complexity of the test was simply too hard for a jury to make a decision on.

He described the test as "uninterpretable" and said that "no jury should ever have been asked to consider it".

"The jury was drowned in a sea of science," Mr Eaton told the court.

It's that complexity that has seen the hearing go on for longer than expected. The hearing was originally set down for two days but is likely to do through until Thursday afternoon. The crown is expected to make its case today.

Jonathan Eaton has again touched on the public's perception of Lundy.

Mr Eaton told the court it was unfair that people have already made their mind up about Lundy.

"Everybody in New Zealand has seen that funeral scene," he said. "The elephant in the room is that funeral scene".

The appeal is ongoing.

Lundy is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Christine and seven-year-old daughter Amber in 2000. Source: 1 NEWS

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Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia, ahead of NZ visit

Australia is preparing to welcome Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle just days after Princess Eugenie tied the knot in a lavish ceremony.

The royal couple touched down in Sydney this morning in a low-key arrival - with the first of their 76 engagements across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand to begin tomorrow.

The pair are set to arrive in New Zealand on Sunday October 28.

Their four-day visit will include trips to Abel Tasman National Park for a tree planting; a gumboot-throwing competition in Auckland; a Kiwi hatchery in Rotorua, where they will name two chicks; a review of the newly unveiled UK War Memorial at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park; and a Wellington café where they will meet young people from a number of mental health projects.

It’s just over a month before the newlyweds touch down in Aotearoa. Source: Seven Sharp

But first comes Australia. Harry and Meghan, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the royal redhead in May, will visit Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Queensland's Fraser Island as part of the couple's first major royal tour.

The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which runs from October 20-28. The sporting event founded by Prince Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

The couple will mark the games' launch and closing ceremony in Sydney.

Jacinda Ardern said they are still working through the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip. Source: 1 NEWS

Harry and Meghan's tour of Australia is seen as a key one for the royal couple who, during a TV interview to mark their engagement last November, spoke of their desire to promote humanitarian causes close to their hearts across Commonwealth member countries including Australia.

The visit comes six months after Prince Charles made his 16th official visit to Australia, primarily to open the 21st Commonwealth Games on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The royals touched down this morning in Sydney, part of their first tour as a married couple. Source: Associated Press

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Person still on the run following gang-related death in Canterbury over the weekend

At least one person is still on the run after a man was shot dead in rural Canterbury over the weekend, according to police.

The 28-year-old's body was found on the side of the road near Charing Cross at about 3.30pm on Saturday, and police said a firearm was involved.

They haven't confirmed the man was a gang member but said his death is gang related. For that reason, a heavy police presence remains at the scene more than a day later.

Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell spoke to media in Christchurch Police Station today. Source: 1 NEWS

Members of the public witnessed the incident and were part of the first response team, Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said in a press conference yesterday.

"As you can well imagine (it was) a traumatic event for them," he said.

Several cars have been seized and are currently under guard while inquiries continue.

"A number of forensic scene examinations are underway in Grange Road and Telegraph Road," Mr Parnell said yesterday, explaining that they are likely to continue this week.

One person has died in the rural area of Selwyn this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

Police said the person or people at large do not pose a risk to the public.

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Two dead in overnight crash near New Plymouth

Two drivers were killed last night after their vehicles crashed near New Plymouth, police confirmed this morning.

The accident occurred around 10pm on State Highway 3, between Raleigh St and Richmond Rd in Waitara.

Both drivers died at the scene.

Police said today they are still working to notify next of kin.

They are also seeking witnesses who might have seen a blue Mitsubishi Diamante travelling towards Waitara from the direction of New Plymouth prior to the crash.

Anyone with information has been asked to call New Plymouth Police at 06 759 5500.

The drivers were the only people in the vehicles when they collided near Waitara. Source: Breakfast


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