New Zealand must retry man over notorious murders: UK court
LONDON (REUTERS) - A New Zealand man convicted of murdering his wife and daughter in a case that has gripped the island nation for over a decade must stand trial again in light of new evidence, a British court ruled on Monday.
Mark Lundy is serving a sentence of life in jail in New Zealand for the murder of his wife Christine and seven-year-old daughter Amber, who were found hacked to death in the family home in the city of Palmerston North in August 2000.
A New Zealand court rejected his appeal against conviction in 2002, and in 2012 Lundy challenged that ruling before Britain's Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a court with ties to New Zealand dating back to colonial times.
A panel of five Privy Council judges ruled unanimously on Monday that Lundy's convictions should be quashed and he should stand trial again in New Zealand as soon as possible. In the meantime, he should remain in custody, it said.