Reddy: Defence begin argument

  • 09/05/2016
Kamal Reddy (File)
Kamal Reddy (File)

Kamal Reddy has begun giving evidence in the High Court at Auckland in a trial in which he’s accused of killing his former partner and her daughter.

The 42-year-old is charged with murdering Pakeeza Yusuf and her young daughter Jojo in late 2006 or early 2007.

Reddy’s defence team opened its case this afternoon by saying the pair was not killed by Reddy -- it was someone else Yusuf had been seeing, known only as James.

Defence says, one night James turned up at Reddy's door and told him he had killed the mother and daughter. He then asked Reddy's help to find a good burial spot on the North Shore.

In what defence lawyer Jonathan Krebs described as a "stunning lapse of judgement", Reddy agreed to help James when he asked him for assistance in disposing of the bodies.

The defence says a taped confession by Reddy to police was false and he was pressured into lying during repeated questioning by undercover officers.

The Crown argues Reddy confessed carrying out the killings to an undercover police officer.

The Crown argues he admitted the killings to an undercover police officer and led them to where their bodies were buried.

Giving evidence on Friday, Detective Kristjana Parkes said police began digging with shovels and came across what they believed to be bones.

A pathologist verified the remains as human.

The defendant's uncle, Bal Naidu, told the court on Thursday Reddy came to his house in the middle of the night asking for help on what to do with the bodies.

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