Pressure on family rises as reward hits $50,000

Sunday Star Times 21/03/2010

The reward for information leading to the conviction of the Kahui twins’ murderer has been doubled to $50,000 – a move  the twins’ aunt believes could crack the case. Denise King, half-sister of the twins’ mother, Macsyna King, was unaware of the reward – which was first offered at $25,000 by Family First last month, and last week matched by Sensible Sentencing Trust supporter Michael Jacomb – until contacted by the Sunday Star-Times. She said the lure of cash could persuade her siblings in the notorious “tight 12” – who had access to the three-month-old boys in their final days, but refused to co-operate with police investigations – to divulge what they knew. “I know money says a lot. It might push people into telling the truth, saying what they know,” said King. “They’re tight, but they’re not that tight.”

…Bob McCoskrie, director of Family First, said family members who could be withholding crucial information may not be aware the reward was being offered. He hoped the financial incentive might be the “impetus they need to come clean, clear their conscience, provide that key piece of information that the police need, and deliver justice to Chris and Cru Kahui”. “The concept of having to offer a reward may irk some people, but in the end, if that’s what it takes to bring someone to justice on a case which revolted the nation, then it is a cheap price to pay.”