FOR­BID­DEN LOVE

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Dav­ina Mur­ray had a promis­ing ca­reer as a crim­i­nal lawyer ahead of her. Then she met one of New Zealand’s most hor­rific killers and rapists, Liam Reid, and her life took a very sur­pris­ing turn.

Reid – who is serv­ing a 23-year sen­tence for the rape and killing of deaf woman Emma Agnew, and the rape, at­tempted mur­der and rob­bery of a 21-yearold stu­dent nine days later – stole Dav­ina’s heart.

‘I hate that I’m in love with him... if the courts say no, I wouldn’t care, but I’m scared to lose him,’ she wrote in a text to a friend. ‘He makes me laugh, he makes me think, he makes me cry, he makes me feel beau­ti­ful, he makes me sing.’

She then told a friend she had kissed Reid in a way she had never kissed any­one be­fore. She texted: ‘He’s the best kisser I’ve ever kissed,’ and he was ‘se­ri­ously the best – it’s like he just gets me.’

The love af­fair has seen Dav­ina ar­rested too, and in 2013, she was con­victed of smug­gling an iphone, cig­a­rettes and a lighter to Reid. She was sen­tenced to com­mu­nity ser­vice and lost her le­gal ca­reer.

Un­de­terred, the pair were mar­ried in June in­side New Zealand’s tough­est jail. The best man was be­lieved to be an­other con­vict – jailed for his role in a drug ring – and the event was catered and pho­to­graphs were taken of the new­ly­weds.

‘I find that par­tic­u­lar mar­riage ab­so­lutely dis­taste­ful, and I think most New Zealan­ders will,’ said Cor­rec­tions Min­is­ter Louise Up­ston at the time.

Dav­ina be­gan as Reid’s crim­i­nal lawyer and ended up as his wife – which got her ar­rested too!

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