Police seek third trial for Malcolm Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett

Police seek third trial for Malcolm Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett
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Police have confirmed they will seek a third trial for Malcolm Rewa for the murder of Susan Burdett.

"The Manukau Crown Solicitor has filed documents in the Auckland High Court to initiate the process of seeking to have Malcolm Rewa re-tried for the murder of Susan Burdett," said a police spokesperson.

"The matter is before the courts and police cannot provide any further comment, including legal commentary or timeframes on the process involved."

Susan Burdett was raped and murdered in her South Auckland home in March 1992. 

Teina Pora was arrested for the crime one year after the death and found guilty in June 1994.

Rewa was found guilty of raping 27 women, including Ms Burdett in December 1998.

Later that month the Solicitor General decided to not retry him for Ms Burdett's murder and issue a stay in prosecution on the murder. 

He served 14 years in prison for Ms Burdett's rape, while Teina Pora served 20 years in Paremoremo Prison for Ms Burdett's murder and his convictions were quashed in 2015.

Mr Pora received $2.52 million in compensation for the wrongful conviction, which was later adjusted for inflation to $3.5 million.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in 2016 he believes Rewa is guilty of Ms Burdett's murder.

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