1 Nov 2013

Lundy chooses defence team for retrial

2:56 pm on 1 November 2013

Mark Lundy has chosen a Queen's Counsel and a former Crown prosecutor to head his legal team at his retrial on charges of murdering his wife and daughter.

David Hislop, QC, worked on Mr Lundy's Privy Council Appeal and will head the team.

Mr Hislop is based in London and will be assisted by Ross Burns, a former partner at Meredith Connell.

Mr Burns resigned from the Auckland Crown solicitor's office earlier this year after a high-profile career that included prosecuting the Urewera raids and the Switched on Gardener trials.

It will be Mr Burns' first job as a defence lawyer since leaving the prosecution service. He says the Mark Lundy case is an interesting one that has more than meets the eye.

An administrative hearing will be held by telephone conference in two weeks.

In October this year, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London quashed Mr Lundy's convictions for the murder of his wife Christine, 38, and their seven-year-old daughter Amber at their Palmerston North home in August 2000 and said he should be retried.