9 Jun 2010

Co-accused did not cause officer's death, jury told

7:59 pm on 9 June 2010

The lawyer for one of the men accused of murdering an undercover policeman says he did not cause or contribute to the death.

John Skinner and Iain Clegg are on trial at the High Court in Auckland accused of killing Sergeant Don Wilkinson and attempting to murder another officer.

The jury has heard that Mr Skinner shot both policemen with a high- powered air rifle after finding them installing a tracking device on his car.

The lawyer for Mr Clegg, Stuart Grieve, says his client did not pull the trigger and had no idea of Mr Skinner's intentions: his only crime was punching the other officer once in the face.

In her closing address, Mr Skinner's lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg, has reminded the jury of what she calls disturbing inconsistencies and contradictions in the testimony of some police witnesses.

She has also described mistakes regarding the police operation that night.

Such matters are relevant to your decision-making, Ms Dyhrberg told jurors, as they enable you to assess each witness's credibility and reliability.