Lundy Cops Cheat
It is incredible that the police would even consider that a scenario involving a 7:00pm time of deaths to be a realistic possibility, particularly when there was no possible way that Lundy could have made a return trip between Petone and Palmerston Nth and carry out the murders between 5:38pm and 8:13pm, and when there was clear evidence that Christine was still alive at 10:52pm. The police will have assumed on day one of their investigation that the killings probably took place at 11:45pm because the next door neighbour, who was first interviewed just 4 hours after the bodies were discovered, heard a commotion outside at that time. He was interviewed again three days later, and for a third time on 24th September.
Mark would have been routinely listed as a suspect. A few days would have passed before the telephone listings arrived from Telecom and they must have been hugely disappointed to find that Mark had a clear alibi for 11:45pm because the listings showed calls were made from Petone on Mark's cellphone at 11:26pm and 11:46pm. Little wonder then that the prosecution opted not to mention the time of 11:45pm to the jury at either of the two trials. Instead, they claimed that the murders took place at 7:00pm during the first trial and "After 2:00am" at the retrial. The change of time shows that the police used false evidence at the first trial because there was clear evidence available which cleared Mark from being culpable, but the use of this false evidence – the claimed manipulation of the computer clock and the high-speed trip to the Lundy home – both of which never happened, meant that the first jury was misled.
The time available for the supposed high-speed trip from Petone and back was not 3 hours but 2 hrs 48 mins according to Telecom listings of phone calls he made from Petone. Police must have done the arithmetic and therefore knew the trip both ways was clearly impossible but proceeded anyway with a 7:00pm time of deaths. Dr. Pang's original estimate of time of death was just one hour from the 6:00pm meal because digestion had not begun, which suited the police case, but he had to change it for the retrial to a new estimate of "up to fourteen hours" to cover the new time of death of 3:00am next day. Why did the police suppress from the jury the time at which the next-door neighbour heard a commotion outside which he described as something falling over and a smashing sound at 11:45pm?