By Alastair Bull
One of convicted murderer Mark Lundy's staunchest supporters says an appeal of his conviction to the Privy Council is "the best news he's heard for 10 years".
Lundy was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years after he was found guilty of murdering his wife Christine and his seven-year-old daughter Amber in Palmerston North in 2000.
He has always maintained his innocence and after exhausting all avenues in New Zealand, his lawyers filed papers yesterday with the Privy Council in London.
Lundy has the right to go to the Privy Council because the New Zealand Supreme Court didn't exist at the time of the killings.
Geoff Levick, one of Lundy's strongest supporters, says he hasn't visited Lundy in prison since the application was launched but expects to do so shortly.
"I expect to be down in the next fortnight to see him because this is probably the best news he's heard in 10 years," he said.
Mr Levick said Crown Law would get the chance to object to the appeal, which he expected they would, and the council would then decide if the application would be accepted.
He expected it would be at least six months before they got to put a case before the Privy Council.
"I've been at it 10 years, so we just have to do what we can and wait."
British-based London lawyer David Hislop will argue the case for Lundy.
Lundy argues he couldn't have committed the killings, saying police expectations that he drove from Wellington to Palmerston North and back to commit the murders in two hours 58 minutes in peak hour traffic was ridiculous.