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Mark Lundy's lawyers fail to stop television broadcast - 20-February-2010, 07:06

Lawyers for convicted double-murderer Mark Lundy tried to get TVNZ to delay a programme about his life, but the broadcast is scheduled to go ahead as planned.

TVNZ confirmed yesterday that Lundy's lawyers requested a deferral because they were worried it could prejudice a possible retrial.

TVNZ declined the request, and the programme, Beyond the Darklands, is due to screen on Tuesday.

The prospect of a second appeal against Lundy's convictions for murdering his wife Christine, and daughter Amber, 7, was talked about by Lundy supporters and his legal team last year, but nothing eventuated.

Lawyers for Lundy, Christopher Stevenson and Keith Becker, declined to comment yesterday.

Beyond the Darklands is fronted by prominent psychologist Nigel Latta, who goes behind the headlines to analyse the lives of some of New Zealand's most notorious criminals.

According to promotions, the programme "explores the strange fantasy world of Mark Lundy who murdered his wife and child with an axe".

Lundy was convicted in May 2002 of murdering his wife and daughter at their Palmerston North home in August, 2000.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Lundy's first appeal in 2002 resulted in his non-parole period being extended from 17 to 20 years.

Lundy's brother, Craig Lundy, who believes his brother is guilty, said he was interviewed about Lundy family life for the programme.

He was not surprised that lawyers for his brother opposed its screening.

"They never wanted the programme to be made in the first place," he said.

After maintaining a long-held silence about the case, Mr Lundy told the Manawatu Standard last year that he thought his brother committed the murders, but he still loved him.

Publicity in recent years has included a mock trial for television, and a comprehensive article in North and South magazine that questioned the safety of Lundy's convictions.

There was also a television documentary, which supported all the crucial elements of the Crown's prosecution, except its contentions about the times of death.

Mr Lundy said he could not see an end to publicity about his brother's case.
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