Kahui to testify at inquest

NZ Herald Sep 25, 2010 Chris Kahui will give evidence about the deaths of his twin boys for the first time at a coroner’s inquest. The hearing into the demise of infants Chris and Cru Kahui, who suffered fatal head injuries inflicted in June 2006, will go ahead in the Auckland Coroner’s Court on October 4. Mr Kahui was interviewed three times by police before he was arrested and charged with murdering the twins in October 2006. He was acquitted in May 2008 after a six-week trial, but did not give evidence in his defence as is his right. The twins’ mother, Macsyna King, was to be star witness for the Crown against her former partner at trial. Instead, Mr Kahui’s defence lawyer, Lorraine Smith, questioned her alibi and accused Ms King of murdering the babies. ..The police cannot reopen the investigation without new evidence so a $50,000 reward has been offered by lobby groups Family First and the Sensible Sentencing Trust as an incentive. In April, the Independent Police Conduct Authority criticised the Kahui inquiry for “errors of judgment” and not properly recording evidence to the standard expected in a significant and high-profile case.