Grove Road: An unlikely suspect

From Newshub comes a new investigative podcast, Grove Road.

This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers.

But it's also a story about our system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth.

Episode three delves into the man prosecutors held responsible for the murder of Arthur Easton – Alan Hall.

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The man prosecutors said killed Arthur Easton at his family home in Papakura in October 1985 has been described as “simple” – not as mentally alert as others.

On September 27, 1986, Alan Hall was found guilty of the murder of father-of-five Arthur Easton. Prosecutors said Alan broke into Arthur’s house, fought with him and his teenage sons in their hallway, and stabbed Arthur to death before escaping.

For three decades, Alan has maintained his innocence.

On the evidence statements Alan signed the day police first questioned him, he spelt his own name incorrectly on every page. Many believe he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, though his name is not as high profile as other household names in New Zealand, Teina Pora, Rex Haig and David Dougherty.

Growing up, Alan’s mum Shirley said he was a frail child – awkward and shy. Police described him as cold and callous.

On the night of the murder, Alan says he set out for a walk – something he did often to help deal with the grief of his father’s recent death. He walked the streets of his neighbourhood for around 35 – 40 minutes, came home and listened to the radio. Had a shower, and went to bed – in the sleepout he shared with his brother Greg.

Police say Alan’s evening panned out very differently. They say Alan Hall had not just gone out for a walk, he had gone to Grove Road to commit murder.

Grove Road was created in partnership with Newshub Nation, which is made with help from NZ On Air.

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