4 Apr 2011

Convicted killer obtains new appeal hearing

11:04 am on 4 April 2011

A man convicted of murdering an Auckland woman has won the right to re-argue his appeal.

Joseph Reekers appealed against a minimum prison term of 15 years for killing Marie Jamieson 10 years ago.

Reekers has now successfully objected to his original appeal being decided by Justice Harrison, who represented him 32 years earlier on charges of rape and indecency.

The Court of Appeal finding notes that Reekers had not challenged Justice Harrison saying in court that he could not recall having represented him, but filed papers once the hearing was over.

The court describes the circumstances as highly unusual and unlikely to recur, with a rehearing of the appeal on the term of his sentence, the appropriate course of action.