12 Aug 2011

Retrial for man jailed over carpark death

8:03 pm on 12 August 2011

The Court of Appeal has granted a retrial to a man jailed over the killing of an Auckland woman in a hit-and-run following a bag snatch in a supermarket carpark.

Christopher Shadrock was jailed in July last year for at least 12 years after a High Court jury found him guilty of murdering Joanne Wang in 2008.

Christopher Shadrock's trial was told that he stole a Nissan Regulus and drove it to a shopping mall carpark in South Auckland.

The court heard that he snatched Mrs Wang's handbag before running back to the stolen car and attempting to drive from the scene.

It heard that the car ran over Mrs Wang's foot, causing a fall that resulted in fatal head injuries.

The Court of Appeal has released a judgement quashing the conviction and ordering a retrial, but has suppressed the reasons because of the new trial.

Mr Shadrock's trial lawyer from the first case, Chris Wilkinson-Smith, says last time, the jury had to decide whether or not it was murder or manslaughter and this will be the same issue for the new jury.

He says the retrial could be three to six months away.