9 Jun 2009

Woman charged over fatal exorcism walks free

3:32 pm on 9 June 2009

A woman charged over a fatal exorcism ceremony in the Wellington suburb of Wainuiomata has walked free from court after the judge found there was insufficient evidence against her.

Georgina Rawiri, 50, was one of nine people before the High Court in Wellington charged with the manslaughter of 22-year-old Janet Moses in 1997.

The Crown alleges that Ms Moses drowned after family members poured water into her in an effort to rid her of a Maori curse.

However, when the court started on Tuesday morning Justice Simon France discharged Ms Rawiri, saying there was not sufficient evidence to support the charge against her.

He said his ruling had no effect on the other accused.

The trial is now in its final stages.