Supreme Court rules against con­victed mur­derer’s ap­peal

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

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.

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