16 Jul 2013

Murderer gives evidence in smuggling case

5:36 pm on 16 July 2013

Murderer Liam Reid has given evidence in relation to a case in which his former lawyer is accused of smuggling contraband to him in jail.

Auckland lawyer Davina Murray is charged with providing an i-phone, cigarettes and a lighter to Reid in Mt Eden prison in October 2011.

Ms Murray is representing herself at the Auckland District Court hearing and is trying to get the charge dropped, arguing that evidence the prosecutor intends to use against her should be inadmissible because it was obtained illegally.

The evidence consists of 22 recordings of phone conversations between her and Reid.

Reid was questioned by Ms Murray and the prosecution on Tuesday. Radio New Zealand is unable to report on the content of the conversations and evidence Reid has provided until the judge rules whether it can be used in the case.

Liam Reid is serving a 23-year-sentence for killing Christchurch deaf woman Emma Agnew in 2007 and for the rape and attempted murder of a university student nine days later in Dunedin.