Murderer and rapist Liam Reid is fighting to stop the public from seeing a TV show that details how he carried out his crimes.
Reid is serving a minimum 23-year sentence for the 2007 rape and murder of Christchurch woman Emma Agnew, and the rape and attempted murder of a 21-year-old student in Dunedin days later.
He was in the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday, seeking an injunction against South Pacific Pictures, which has produced a factual TV show about Reid's crimes as part of a series called Forensics NZ.
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Reid's lawyer, Charl Hirschfield, told the court that if the show airs on television, it could affect Reid's right to a fair re-trial, should one be called.
Simon Mount QC, representing South Pacific Pictures, argued that sub judice rules do not apply to the case, because Reid has exhausted his appeals through the courts and no current application for a Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been filed.
Reid's wife, disgraced lawyer Davina Reid, was in court watching proceedings.
The case has now finished and Justice Toogood has reserved his decision.