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Day Five for the Pitcairn Supreme Court 

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Thursday 21st April A surprise witness was called to the stand by the Crown today on the fifth day of the meeting of the Pitcairn Supreme Court in New Zealand.

Mark Kelly, 35, who currently works as a barrister and a solicitor of the New Zealand High Court and was admitted to the New Zealand bar in 1993, was sent to the Island twice during the investigation into under age sex to give legal advise to suspects. 

The Court heard that during his first visit in August 2000 he had not been admitted to the Pitcairn bar but had been subsequent to his second visit in March 2001. He was asked if this concerned him and he responded that it didn't but was concerned that he wasn't admitted to the UK bar.

When asked by the Crown as to which law would apply relating to serious matters on Pitcairn he replied that UK law applied.  But when questioned by Defense as to whether he had seen English law he replied that he had only looked at documents and other references relating to English law. 

He was also questioned that at the time of his visits to Pitcairn that  he must have known that things exceeded anything he had done up until that time and he responded that he felt confident he could handle it. 

In reference to a letter written by former deputy Governor Karen Wolstenholm to himself in which a short brief was given which says "Be present at interviews and give legal advice if requested" he was asked if "this rest easy with you" given the serious nature of the charges? He responded with a yes and later said that he didn't think the brief limited his abilities.

Earlier in the Supreme Court today questioning of the current legal adviser for Pitcairn Mr. Paul Treadwell continued. He was questioned if it was his role to ensure that the Island Magistrate and the Island Police were suitably qualified for the job. He responded that it was not his role. 

He was asked if English law was set out clearly and intelligibly for Pitcairners and he said it was but he admitted that he does not know if any copies of English law had been  sent to the Island prior to 1998.

Another witness Senior detective Peter George who was involved in the investigation was to have appeared today but certain legal challenges meant that he could not appear until the Court resits next Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

 

Southern Salvor Arrives

More equipment and supplies for the Jetty, Hill of Difficulty Road and the Slipway arrived today. 

Loads of heavy boxes, steel reinforcing rods, heavy steel and a water tank was unloaded today in relatively calm weather. A new bulldozer, a cement mixer and a rock crusher are amongst some heavy equipment yet to be unloaded.

Unloading is expected to take up to a week but perhaps less depending on weather conditions.

Passengers arriving on the Island includes the return of Nadine with her new born son Ryan, Victor Young with his wife, Nolene Smyth, Bob and Brenda Kennedy, and Hermy (construction worker)

 

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