The High Court yesterday ruled their application for a judicial review should not be struck out.As the Wanganui Chronicle says of the decision, "some rare good news" for Keith and Margaret, and for their hard-pressed lawyer Rob Moodie.
Since Inglewood beekeeper Ken Richards was killed in 1994 when the army-built bridge leading to the Berrymans’ King Country farm collapsed, the couple have been fighting against being held responsible for the collapse. A coroner in 1997 ruled that the Berrymans had not properly maintained the bridge but the Berrymans want a second coroner’s inquest to be held to include consideration of the army’s “Butcher report”, which found fault with the bridge’s design.
The Solicitor-General last year refused to order a fresh inquest and the Berrymans are seeking judicial review of that decision. But the Solicitor-General, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Taumarunui coroner Timothy Scott last week argued in the High Court at Wellington that the judicial review application should be struck out.
Late yesterday afternoon Justice Alan Mackenzie ruled the application should not be struck out and that the Berrymans should be entitled to costs.
LINKS: A break for the Berrymans - Wanganui Chronicle
Berryman saga web site
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