Notorious rapist Nicholas Reekie's appeal shut down

Nicholas Reekie in 2003. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Nicholas Reekie in 2003. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Notorious rapist Nicholas Reekie has again had an appeal shut down by the Supreme Court.

In 2012, Reekie was awarded $1000 in costs by Justice Edwin Wylie after he attempted to sue the Corrections Department, the Attorney-General and Waitakere District Court for humiliation and unlawful detention while in Auckland's Paremoremo Prison in 2001 and 2002, to the sum of $1 million.

He later won the right to appeal the court's decision not to grant him full costs of $5762.

But in October last year, the Supreme Court closed the avenue of appeal as it found there wasn't "any real prospect of a miscarriage of justice arising".

Reekie applied for a recall of the judgment but it was dismissed yesterday as the court found their was "no error in judgment" when the initial appeal was declined.

Reekie was sentenced to preventive detention in 2003 with a minimum non-parole period of 25 years - later reduced to 20 years - after being convicted on 31 charges, including abduction and rape, for offences against four female victims, aged between 11 and 69.

David Dougherty was earlier wrongly jailed for the 1992 abduction and rape of the 11-year-old girl. He was cleared by DNA evidence.

- NZ Herald

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