Herald writer Steve Braunias spent a summer with Mark Lundy ahead of his retrial in 2015. Lundy, after seven weeks of evidence in that retrial, was again found guilty of killing his wife and daughter. Today, the double murderer was given leave to take his appeal to the Supreme Court.

This piece was first published in April 2015.

It was an interesting summer. Once a week I'd visit Geoff Levick at his beautiful rural property in Kumeu, with its dark pond and its plum trees, and sometimes we'd sit on the back porch with his house guest,