In an extract from NZ Detectives by John Lockyer reviewed in the Sunday Star Times (unfortunately not available online yet) Investigation head Rod Drew says
“Under the Bill of Rights, suspects do not have to talk to the police. Both women invoked their right to silence. Then some elements of the family – a large extended one – shut the police out. We couldn’t talk to anyone who might have been a witness to the events. The wall of silence was difficult to deal with but after about three months Rachaelle Namana finally admitted she’d shaken Lillybing. Rongomai Paewai – the other aunty – said nothing. .. We don’t fully know who did what or even if there was someone else involved..”
Disgraceful. The rights of victims to justice and the urgent need for offenders to be held accountable far outweighs the right to silence and other privileges that families may seek to use to mask their guilt or involvement. The laws should be changed to reflect this priority.