No ap­peal for Win­ders con­vic­tion for mur­der

Stratford Press - - News -

In a last-ditch ef­fort to ap­peal his mur­der con­vic­tion, Quin­ton Win­ders has had his ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal dis­missed.

He sought leave to ap­peal the Supreme Court against the Court of Ap­peal’s de­ci­sion, chal­leng­ing his con­vic­tion and sen­tence, but it was thrown out.

Win­ders was con­victed of mur­der­ing road worker Ge­orge Ta­iaroa near Ro­torua five years ago in 2013.

The 46-year-old, who had lived in Whang­amomona and Strat­ford, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with a min­i­mum non-pa­role pe­riod of 17 years in De­cem­ber 2016.

He took his case to the Court of Ap­peal in March, ar­gu­ing cer­tain parts of ev­i­dence should not have been used in the High Court jury trial.

How­ever, in July it was an­nounced the Court of Ap­peal had his ar­gu­ment dis­missed.

Win­ders be­lieved leave should be granted so the Supreme Court could con­sider sen­tence re­duc­tion as a rem­edy for breach of the Bill of Rights Act. In his trial, the High Court ruled some ev­i­dence was ad­mis­si­ble be­cause the po­lice were in breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

“An ap­peal against the de­ci­sion that such ev­i­dence was ad­mis­si­ble was dis­missed by the Court of Ap­peal,” the Supreme Court said in its lat­est de­ci­sion.

The Supreme Court also agreed and did not con­sider Win­ders case wor­thy for con­sid­er­a­tion un­der the ar­gu­ment he was us­ing.

“Nor do we see any ap­pear­ance of a mis­car­riage in the way the Court of Ap­peal dealt with this is­sue,” the Supreme Court said.

“We there­fore dis­miss the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal.”

PHO­TOS / FILE

Quin­ton Win­ders, right, was seek­ing leave to ap­peal his con­vic­tion for the 2013 mur­der of Ge­orge Ta­iaroa, left.

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