Watson sought a judicial review in the High Court at Christchurch last month after claiming that the chief executive of Corrections refused to allow him to meet North and South reporter Mike White.
Watson is currently serving a 17-year sentence for the 1998 New Year’s Day murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in the Marlborough Sounds. Parole will be considered next month.
His lawyer Kerry Cook claimed any impact on victims was overruled by a possible miscarriage of justice.
Mr Cook told the court that since his arrest, trial and conviction the public had only heard four words from him.”Not guilty’, and ‘you’re wrong’ following the jury’s verdict of guilty’ Mr Cook said.
‘He now wishes to talk – and my principal submission is that the chief executive of the Department of Corrections unreasonably stopped New Zealanders from having the opportunity to listen’.
Watson had gained hope from the cases of David Bain and Teina Pora – Mr Cook said – and he hoped the public would also lend their support to his claims of a miscarriage of justice.
Justice Rachel Dunningham today released her reserved decision, which found Corrections’ stance to have been ‘unreasonable’.
She quashed the Corrections decision to decline permission for White to interview Watson.
(ed:..the conviction of watson for this double-murder is as dodgy/suss as..
..on the evidence presented in his trials – he should not be behind bars..)