In Dark Places

In Dark Places

The Confessions of Teina Pora and An Ex-cop's Fight for Justice

Book - 2016
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Teina Pora, a 17-year-old car thief, was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Susan Burdett, who had been beaten to death with the softball bat she kept next to her bed for her own protection. Tim McKinnel, en ex-cop turned private investigator, discovered the long forgotten case 18 years later, saw an injustice had been done and set out to win Teina's freedom. Reaching from the mean streets of South Auckland to the highest court in the Commonwealth, this is the story not just of Tim's quest, but also of how an innocent man who was left rotting in a prison cell for two decades found the inner strength to rise above the dark places to which he had been condemned.
Publisher: Grey Lynn, Auckland :, Paul Little Books,, 2016.
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 POR
Characteristics: 240 pages, xvi pages of plates :,colour illustrations, portraits (chiefly colour) ;,23 cm.

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'In Dark Places' is a compelling and deeply affecting read and an important examination of how our justice system failed a young man. The conviction of a 17 year old with learning difficulties for a murder he didn't commit and and his subsequent 21 years in jail is one of New Zealand's worst case... Read More »

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