The Muldoon government set up a Royal Commission headed by an Australian, Justice Robert Taylor.
The Planted Shell Case, Part 8 – Memoir of Peter Williams QC
in defence of wrongly convicted Arthur Allen Thomas
as written in Sir Peter’s recent book “The Dwarf who Moved”
“The Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon, met with Kevin and
me in Auckland to discuss the case, and it was obvious that he
had studied all the issues involved carefully and assiduously.
The then Minister of Justice, ]im McLay, had also studied
the case with great care. They dispatched a barrister, Robert
Adams-Smith, to make inquiries on behalf of the government
into some of the evidence, and his ﬁndings supported the
innocence of Arthur Thomas.
Arthur himself, though, was not prepared to leave the
prison where he had been for nine years until he was satisﬁed
that the pardon now offered to him meant he was declared
innocent of the heinous crimes he was alleged to have
The Muldoon government then set up a Royal Commission
headed by an Australian judge, Justice Robert Taylor. The
Commission was held in downtown Auckland and it turned
out to be a very stormy affair.
Within a very short time, Justice Taylor made it very
obvious that he had a detestation for Inspector Hutton.
When Hutton gave evidence, Justice Taylor was very critical
of him. The hall where the Commission sat was packed with
spectators, most of them police officers, and every time Justice
Taylor criticised Hutton the police would actually boo.
Justice Taylor was scathing about how the police had
taken the planted shell-case exhibit in the dead of night to the
Whitford tip and hidden it so nobody could ﬁnd it. Hutton
said he was told to do this by the prosecutor, Dave Morris, but
Dave Morris said that was a lie and that it was Hutton’s idea.
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