Teina Pora: The Confession of Prisoner T

Publish Date
Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 6:33AM

The Privy Council has quashed Teina Pora's conviction for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.  Pora has spent his adult life behind bars despite physical evidence leading to the conviction of someone else for the crimes, and concerns over the reliability of his confession. In this 2013 doco, made for Māori Television, Michael Bennett examines the case against Pora and a ground swell of belief in his innocence (a view shared by Burdett’s brother). This excerpt includes footage from Pora’s original police interview and a crime scene visit where he fails to identify Burdett’s house.