23 Jul 2013

Davina Murray challenges search warrants

9:54 pm on 23 July 2013

A Crown lawyer says search warrants used in the case of an Auckland lawyer accused of smuggling contraband to a convicted murderer are legal.

Davina Murray is charged with providing an i-Phone, cigarettes and a lighter to Liam Reid in Mt Eden prison on 7 October 2011.

A defended hearing into the case is nearly over, but Ms Murray has launched a last-minute attempt to have search warrants ruled unlawful and the evidence they produced inadmissible.

A lawyer acting on her behalf, Alastair Haskett, told the court on Tuesday that the warrants were issued on insufficient grounds and were too broad.

But Crown lawyer Anna Longdill said police had a good basis for seeking the material they did and the evidence they obtained is highly relevant to the case. She said none of the evidence was improperly obtained.

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Darren Tolmie, told the hearing that he sent copies of all the warrants to Davina Murray and her lawyer.

Judge Russell Collins asked Ms Murray several times to stop interrupting witnesses on Tuesday. He has reserved his decision on the challenge and the charge against her until 1 August.