2 Apr 2009

Burton choosing to make weekly court appearances

3:12 pm on 2 April 2009

Convicted murderer Graeme Burton may be stretching resources as he continues to exercise his legal right to make weekly court appearances.

Burton is being held at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo for killing Lower Hutt man Karl Kuchenbecker while on parole.

Burton is now before the courts on an attempted murder charge after an attack in which another inmate was injured.

He appeared in North Shore District Court again on Thursday and sought another seven-day remand.

He limped into the dock hand-cuffed to a security guard.

Burton is exercising his right as a remand prisoner to be brought before a judge every seven days - a right most people in custody waive.

The judge has told Burton's lawyer it is a huge logistic exercise to get him to court every week - and suggested he urge his client to reconsider.