Regardless of how strongly I or some residents of NZ feel about the reintroduction of the death penalty, we have to face the fact that sometimes the Jury and Judge can be wrong.
For example: Teina Pora, back in 1994 a 17 year old NZ gang member who was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992. He was only believed to be the murderer after making various inconsistent confessions. Therefore because of what the police and investigators found/assumed, along with the juries decision Teina Pora served 22 years in jail as an innocent man.
Now if the death penalty was still legal when this case had occurred. An innocent man would have been sentenced to receive the lethal injection. By the time he was found to be innocent it would have been too little too late and the New Zealand Justice system would receive a huge negative blow from the public.
To be sure that implications like this don’t happen in the future, the jury, Investigators and Police will need to be very clearly correct in all their findings and conclusions to be sure that they are sending a guilty man to jail.