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Lundy to appeal second double-murder conviction

Legal bid to take aim at both sentence and conviction after being found guilty at second trial of killling of wife and daughter in 2000.

Tue, 28 Apr 2015

Convicted double murderer Mark Lundy will appeal his most recent conviction for the brutal killing of his wife and seven-year-old daughter in late August 2000.

On April 1 Lundy was found guilty for the second time of murdering wife Christine and daughter Amber, who were found bludgeoned to death in their Palmerston North home.

Lundy was found guilty of the crime for the first time in 2002 and spent 12 years in prison before the Privy Council quashed that conviction in 2013 and ordered a new trial.

He was found guilty of both murders for the second time after a seven-week trial at Wellington’s High Court. The jury returned a unanimous verdict on both counts, and his life sentence was reinstated with a 20-year non-parole period.

Lundy’s lawyer, Julie-Anne Kincade, confirmed today that an appeal on her client’s behalf against sentence and conviction will be lodged with the Court of Appeal.

"It is not appropriate to rehearse in any detail in a public forum the grounds of the appeal but it can be said that the issues raised will include a consideration of the mRNA [molecules that convey genetic information] evidence," Ms Kincade said.

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Lundy to appeal second double-murder conviction