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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.”

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".

Defence lawyer Annabel Cresswell told the jury her client was suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis at the time of the killing.

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.

Annabel Cresswell appeared for her client in the High Court at Auckland this morning on charges of kidnapping burglary.

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