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Lawyer who sneaked items into prison named

15:30 Mon Apr 16 2012
AAP
Name suppression for Auckland lawyer Davina Murray, who is charged with smuggling items to a convicted murderer in prison, has been lifted
Name suppression for Auckland lawyer Davina Murray, who is charged with smuggling items to a convicted murderer in prison, has been lifted

An Auckland lawyer charged with smuggling contraband to convicted murderer and rapist Liam Reid has lost her battle to keep her name suppressed.

Davina Murray, who was a Maori Party candidate at the last election, was charged with delivering Reid an iPhone 4, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter at Mount Eden prison on October 7 last year.

Earlier this month, a new charge of "holding a communication with him that might prejudice the safe custody of a prisoner" was also laid against Ms Murray.

Reid is serving a 23-year prison sentence for the 2007 rape and murder of deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew and the rape and attempted murder of another woman in Dunedin soon after.

It is alleged that when Reid was searched before one of Ms Murray's visits, he had nothing on him, but after the visit he was found to have an iPhone, cigarettes and a lighter.

Ms Murray is a criminal barrister.

Her lawyer Barry Hart had previously argued Ms Murray's name should remain suppressed because her reputation would be irreparably damaged and she and her family might suffer adverse consequences from being named.

But the High Court has dismissed her appeal against a judge's decision in North Shore District Court to refuse her continued name suppression.

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