In 1971 Waikato farmer Arthur Allan Thomas was convicted of the 1970 murder of his neighbours Harvey and Jeanette Crewe at Pukekawa. The film Beyond reasonable doubt was in post-production when Thomas was pardoned in December 1979. Screened around New Zealand in 1980, the movie focuses on attempts by the police to identify who was responsible for the murders, and the eventual arrest, trial, appeal, retrial and release of Thomas. The theme of a person jailed for a crime they did not commit fighting to clear their name appeals to both the news media and filmmakers.
Courtesy of South Pacific Pictures
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Photograph by Phil Peacock
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