Story: Violent crime

Beyond reasonable doubt? (2nd of 4)

Beyond reasonable doubt?

British journalist David Yallop visited New Zealand in 1978 and became interested in the Arthur Allan Thomas murder case. The result was Beyond reasonable doubt?, a compellingly written book in which Yallop argued that the police had deliberately withheld or fabricated evidence. Published in 1979, the book contributed to public perception that the conviction of Thomas was unjust and that he was not responsible for the deaths of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe. On 17 December 1979, Thomas received a royal pardon and was released after nine years in prison.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: David A. Yallop, Beyond reasonable doubt? Auckland: Hodder and Stoughton, 1978.

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Controversial murder trials, 1940 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Mar 2019