Tim is a former police detective from South Auckland. In 2005 he left the police as he completed his master’s degree in criminology.
In mid-2009, shortly after establishing a north island office of Zavést, a private investigation firm, he visited Teina Pora in Springhill Prison. Tim had for some time been interested in examining Pora’s case - on the face of it the case appeared to have been an obvious miscarriage of justice.
He spoke with Teina about his case and with Teina's agreement immediately began a review of his convictions.
At the end of 2009 Tim asked Jonathan Krebs to be Pora’s new lawyer. They spent the following four years collating police, defence, Crown and court files, as well as collecting fresh evidence on Teina's behalf. Some of this worked involved issuing proceedings against police for the refusal to release evidence that was required to assist with Teina's appeal. Dr Anna Sandiford oversaw review of the scientific evidence.
Pora’s appeal was changed from an application for the Prerogative of Mercy to a Privy Council case in June 2013. The Prerogative of Mercy would have provided Pora a full pardon by the Governor General, but would have been a rare admission of failure on behalf of the legal system. Instead the Privy Council was chosen as a more likely alternative.
In early 2014, Pora was granted parole after more than 21 years in prison, and in November the case went to the Privy Council in London.
In March of this year Pora’s convictions were quashed, and a month later no re-trial was ordered.
Teina Pora is now a free, innocent man.
Pora’s legal team also included Ingrid Squire, Dr Malcolm Birdling and Kim McCoy, all of whom undertook several thousand hours of work, mostly unpaid, to set this case right.
The lecture will be held at 7:00pm on Monday the 18th of May, in room 108 of the Law Building at the University of Canterbury. All who are interested are welcome, and there is no charge. The AGM will follow afterwards.