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Lawyers at the High Court

Lawyers at the High Court

This scene inside the High Court, Wellington, shows defence counsel Mike Hardy-Jones conferring with prosecution lawyers Joanna Maze, Warwick Gendall and Mathew Downs. All criminal cases involve a legal contest between the defendant, usually represented by a lawyer, and the prosecution. This case was the 1996 trial of Stuart Murray Wilson, the so-called 'Beast of Blenheim', who was found guilty of 22 charges of rape, bestiality and child abuse.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1996/0586
Photograph by Melanie Burford

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - Criminal and civil law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Oct 2016