21 Dec 2008

Convicted killer to seek third trial

11:09 am on 21 December 2008

The lawyer for convicted killer Antonie Dixon has confirmed he will seek a third trial.

In 2005, Dixon was convicted of a range of charges, including murder, kidnapping and using a firearm against a police officer.

The Court of Appeal quashed the original convictions last year because the judge wrongly directed the jury on some key points.

In August, Dixon, 40, was retried in the High Court in Auckland and convicted of murdering James Te Aute - a stranger he encountered while on a drug fuelled rampage from Pipiroa, a rural settlement near Thames, to Auckland.

The jury of six men and five women also found him guilty of kidnapping, injuring two women with a samurai sword in 2003, illegally using a firearm, and breaking and entering.

He is due to be sentenced on 20 February.

Lawyer Barry Hart says he will lodge an appeal after his client is sentenced, but won't discuss the grounds for that appeal.

He says he's not worried that some may consider that a waste of taxpayers' money.

Dixon has already served five years in prison.