They lost their farm; they lost their dreams; and as Keith Berryman said a year ago, "It's totally destroyed our lives. Both my wife and I have had tremendous health issues." The Government have offered the Berrymans $150,000 in compensation (acoompanied no doubt by crocodile tears and a crawling apology), but as they say, this amount wouldn't even cover their legal bills.
Lawyer Rob Moodie is now going in to bat for the Berrymans, and he's been coming out swinging:
Lawyer Rob Moodie has defied a court order by posting on the internet a suppressed army report on the 1994 "Berryman bridge" collapse.Good for Rob Moodie. On the 'Holmes' show, Rob Moodie said his motivation for releasing the report is that he has "zero tolerance for corruption." Rob Moodie is a hero. A pity parliament has so few of them.
Dr Moodie said last night that he had posted it to expose the truth about the collapse, in which beekeeper Kenneth Richards died at the King Country farm of Keith and Margaret Berryman.
Last month the High Court ordered Dr Moodie to return copies of the report by former army engineer George Butcher. The report reveals that faulty army construction caused the collapse because timber transoms were not sealed, letting water in.
[And no, I don't know where to find the report - although I'm told that page twenty has the crucial stuff.]
[UPDATE 1: I'm reliably informed that a polite e-mail to
this gentleman will find a report on your doorstep within the week.]
[UPDATE 2: Duncan Bayne comments on this case here, and says the Butcher Report can be downloaded through the NBR site, here.]