19 May 2011

Murderer loses bid to overturn conviction

2:01 pm on 19 May 2011

A man has again lost out in a bid to overturn his conviction for murder.

Stephen Hudson was found guilty last year of murdering Palmerston North drug dealer Nicholas Pike who disappeared without trace in 2002.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve at least 16 years in for the killing.

The Court of Appeal last year dismissed Hudson's appeal against his sentence and conviction.

The Supreme Court has since been looking at evidence presented during the trial, relating to Hudson's previous violent behaviour.

It also considered whether the jury should have heard evidence about his alleged confessions that he had killed Mr Pike.

The Supreme Court has now ruled that both sets of evidence were admissable and Hudson's appeal has been unanimously dismissed.