Association supports Pora compensation
The Police Association fully endorses the decision to compensate Teina Pora for wrongful imprisonment. The Association also believes the decision to apologise is the right one.
The Association called for an inquiry into the Pora case in 2013 due to concerns raised by some senior police officers about the soundness of the conviction. We believe the subsequent decision by the Privy Council to quash the conviction was the correct one.
Commentators around this issue should note that much of the evidence and corroboration against Teina Pora was provided by his family and associates.
The Association believes Mr Pora is deserving of compensation and an opportunity to move on with the rest of his life.
The Association sent the following press release in 2013 supporting an inquiry into the case.
Pora case inquiry warranted
There is sufficient doubt about the soundness of Teina Pora’s conviction for the murder of Susan Burdett to warrant an independent inquiry into the matter, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.
“The vast majority of challenges by the ‘innocence industry’ are based on fanciful conspiracy theories, and baseless attacks on the integrity and competence of individual officers. Unfortunately, while that approach generates controversy and sells books, it also has a ‘crying wolf’ effect when it comes to genuine cases that ought to cause concern,” Mr O’Connor said.
“A sufficient number of highly experienced detectives have expressed their doubts to me, that I believe Teina Pora’s is such a case. As such, I believe an independent inquiry of some sort – whether at QC level or higher – should take place into the soundness of his conviction.”
Mr O’Connor stressed that his support for an inquiry did not mean he accepted allegations made towards individual police involved in investigating the case.
“I have seen no evidence to suggest anything other than good faith by those officers involved. However, there were clearly unusual complicating factors, including an apparent confession and supporting testimony from various witnesses, from which it appears the justice system may in this case have been unable to ‘self-correct’ through its usual processes. That is why I believe further inquiry is now warranted in the interests of justice,” Mr O’Connor said.
This Police News column from President Greg O'Connor in 2013 also explains the Association's position.