Auckland barrister and Māori Law Society member Echo Haronga said “There’s an issue of language trauma. Historic and present-day factors, which have worked to dispossess Māori of their reo, are the same factors which contribute to the overrepresentation of Māori in the criminal justice system.”
Annabel Cresswell delivers the defence closing address in the Auckland High Court trial of man accused of mudering pensioner saying her client had a disease of the mind and could not know right from wrong.
That's the question jurors will have to grapple with when they decide whether the defendant is guilty of murdering a pensioner in September last year.
His counsel, led by Annabel Cresswell, are seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity
for the man who changed his name to a Hebrew name translated literally to "hand or messenger of God".
The jury trial of Annabel Cresswell's client who is accused of murder, has commenced in Auckland High Court
Defence lawyer Annabel Cresswell told the jury her client was suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis at the time of the killing.
Annabel Cresswell appeared at Auckland High Court, entering not guilty plea for man accused of murder.
Man accused of murdering 69 year old, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder in the High Court in Auckland, with his lawyer Annabel Cresswell adding that this was by way of insanity.