12 Feb 2014

Computer restriction questioned

12:13 pm on 12 February 2014

A High Court Judge has summonsed a representative from the Corrections Department to explain why a prisoner representing himself has not had access to computers in prison to prepare his defence.

Grenville Fahey is charged with murdering Steven Harris, a homeless man. He appeared at the High Court in Auckland on Wednesday morning where he represented himself.

The Crown prosecutor said there is CCTV footage which forms a key part of the case against Mr Fahey.

But the accused told Justice Brewer he could not obtain the footage because he did not have access to a computer.

The case was adjourned for two weeks and a representative of Corrections was directed to appear and explain the departnment's approach to Mr Fahey's application to use a computer.