A third murder trial has been set for serial rapist Malcolm Rewa but it’s likely the Crown will still have to overcome legal hurdles.
Rewa appeared briefly at the High Court in Auckland today after the Solicitor General sought to remove a stay of prosecution for the murder of Susan Burdett.
Ms Burdett was found raped and bludgeoned to death in her South Auckland home in 1992.
Rewa’s DNA was found at the scene. He was eventually sentenced to 22 years in prison for the rape of 25 women, but two juries could not decide if he was guilty of murdering Ms Burdett and a stay of proceedings was issued.
Instead, Teina Pora was convicted for the crime on the strength of a false confession.
Mr Pora served 22 years in prison for crimes he never committed until his