Summary of defences used in murder trials from 2010 - present

Ani O'Brien made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Ani O'Brien

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I request any information related to the nature of the defence used by the accused in murder trials (any trials in the case of someone's death) in New Zealand in the past 10 years (2010 - onwards).

I am particularly interested in cases/trials where the accused used a defence of "sex gone wrong" or "rough sex" as a defence. I am requesting any information you have on this.

Thank you for your assistance

Yours faithfully,

Ani O'Brien

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Good afternoon,

Thank you for your Official Information act request. This has been passed onto the relevant business unit and you will receive a response on or before the 15th February 2021.

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Kia ora Ms O’Brien,


Please see attached the response to your OIA request of 11 January 2021.


Ngâ mihi,


Barnaby Manktelow

Media Assistant | Communications Services
Ministry of Justice | Tâhû o te Ture

P +64 4 978 7033 | Ext 45033

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