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Rapist and murderer trying to stop TV show about him

A convicted rapist and murderer serving a life sentence is appealing against a television company making a programme about his violent crimes.

Liam Reid is serving a 23-year non-parole sentence for the rape and murder of deaf woman Emma Agnew in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007.

Reid was also convicted of the rape, attempted murder and robbery of a 21-year-old woman in Dunedin just nine days later.  

He is attempting to block television company South Pacific Pictures from making an episode of the television show Forensics NZ about his murder of Ms Agnew, the New Zealand Herald reported.

 

Convicted rapist and murderer Liam Reid is appealing against a television company making a programme about his violent crimes

Reid was convicted of the rape, attempted murder and robbery of a 21-year-old woman in Dunedin

Reid was convicted of the rape, attempted murder and robbery of a 21-year-old woman in Dunedin

Liam Reid was also convicted of the rape and murder of deaf woman Emma Agnew (pictured) in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007

Liam Reid was also convicted of the rape and murder of deaf woman Emma Agnew (pictured) in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007

The show focuses on New Zealand crimes from the past ten years which were solved using forensic science, including blood splatter, DNA, digital forensics, toxicology and entomology.

Reid claims the programme would present ‘a real risk of prejudging matters or issues that are to be imminently before the courts especially in the event that appeals are allowed in whole or part thereby resulting in a retrial’.

Reid appeared in court sporting a new facial tattoo, featuring Hebrew script circling a Star of David on his right cheek.

Daily Mail Australia understands the script reads ‘giving life to a robot’. 

Reid maintained his innocence, and claims he was wrongly convicted.

After being convicted and sentenced in 2008, Reid has made appeals to have his conviction overturned.

In 2009 an appeal was dismissed in the Court of Appeal, while in 2012 the Supreme Court dismissed an application from Reid to appeal further.

Reid’s wife, disgraced former lawyer Davina Reid, is supporting him in court.

He is attempting to block television company South Pacific Pictures from making an episode of the television show Forensics NZ about his murder of Ms Agnew

He is attempting to block television company South Pacific Pictures from making an episode of the television show Forensics NZ about his murder of Ms Agnew

She lost her career as a lawyer after she was caught smuggling an iPhone, cigarettes and a lighter to Reid in 2011.

The couple were married at Auckland Prison in June 2017. 

South Pacific Pictures’ lawyer Simon Mount said Reid has already exhausted all his appeal rights.

‘For that reason, [Reid] falls short of establishing an arguable claim that the case is sub-judice, or any other basis for relief.’

Reid's wife, disgraced former lawyer Davina Reid, is supporting him in court

Reid’s wife, disgraced former lawyer Davina Reid, is supporting him in court

 



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