Supreme Court rules against convicted murderer’s appeal
The murderer of a transient at Whakamaru in 2001 has lost a bid to have the Supreme Court hear his appeal.
Ratima Osborne admitted murdering 32-year-old Jason Thomas Johnson at Lake Whakamaru when he appeared in the High Court in Rotorua.
Mr Johnson was bashed and run over before his body was dumped in the river.
While no motive for the killing has been revealed, police have said it was possible Mr Johnson had made homosexual advances toward Osborne.
In 2008, Osborne, who was 17 at the time of the killing, told the Court of Appeal he had mistakenly entered his guilty plea.
The court dismissed the appeal, concluding that Osborne’s account was untrue.
Last week TVNZ reported that Osborne had since gone to the Supreme Court, which in a judgement issued last week said ‘‘there is no appearance of a miscarriage of justice and the proposed appeal has no prospects of success’’.
‘‘All in all, we are satisfied that it is not necessary in the interests of justice for this court to hear and determine the appeal,’’ it said.