15 Nov 2012

Tamihere parole breach case delayed

10:57 pm on 15 November 2012

Convicted double murderer David Tamihere says he will continue a fight against the Department of Corrections over a breach of parole as a matter of principle.

Earlier this year, for a television documentary, Tamihere flew over the area where Swedish backpackers Heidi Paakkonen and Urban Hoglin were killed .

He was granted parole in 2010, but was banned from entering the Coromandel Peninsula, where he was convicted of killing the pair.

Tamihere does not believe that flying over the scene counts as a breach.

He was due to give evidence in court on Thursday morning, but the hearing was put off after his lawyer said the Department of Corrections had not handed over all the necessary documents.

The Crown, defence and judge all agree that even if Tamihere is convicted of a breach, he would likely be discharged.

But Tamihere says the fight is worthwhile. He maintains his innocence over the murders, and says the breach would be a further black mark against his name.

A hearing will now take place in May next year.