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On October 13th, 1985, a man called Arthur Easton was stabbed to death in his Papakura home. His sons initially described the murderer as a strong 6ft-tall Maori man. But the man police placed in handcuffs months later was a slim 5ft7 Pakeha with learning difficulties. He has always maintained his innocence. More than 30 years later, he is still in prison. This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers. But it's also a story about New Zealand's system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth.

On October 13th, 1985, a man called Arthur Easton was stabbed to death in his Papakura home. His sons initially described the murderer as a strong 6ft-tall Maori man. But the man police placed in handcuffs months later was a slim 5ft7 Pakeha with learning difficulties. He has always maintained his innocence. More than 30 years later, he is still in prison. This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers. But it's also a story about New Zealand's system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth.
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New Zealand

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On October 13th, 1985, a man called Arthur Easton was stabbed to death in his Papakura home. His sons initially described the murderer as a strong 6ft-tall Maori man. But the man police placed in handcuffs months later was a slim 5ft7 Pakeha with learning difficulties. He has always maintained his innocence. More than 30 years later, he is still in prison. This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers. But it's also a story about New Zealand's system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth.

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English


Episodes

Episode 8: Unexpected developments

10/5/2018
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An admission appears to cast doubt on Alan's claims of innocence while undiscovered clues point in an entirely new direction.

Duration:00:26:18

Episode 7: Blue silence

10/4/2018
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In his search for answers, Mike Wesley-Smith has faced slammed doors, hung-up phones, dead ends and red herrings. What aren't police and prosecution telling him?

Duration:00:25:09

Episode 6: Disclosure

10/3/2018
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In the aftermath of Alan Hall's guilty verdict, we hear from witnesses who were never called to give evidence, and one who says he was pressured by police to change his statement.

Duration:00:40:09

Episode 5: The trial

10/2/2018
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It was his own brother that led police to his door, but what was the case against Alan Hall?

Duration:00:28:18

Episode 4: No alibi, no answers

10/1/2018
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He admitted the weapon was his, and the hat had been in his possession. So why are there so many question marks over Alan Hall's conviction?

Duration:00:23:34

Episode 3: An unlikely suspect

9/30/2018
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Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers, was found guilty of murder. But did police get the right man?

Duration:00:24:57

Episode 2: The scene of the crime

9/28/2018
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In a friendly, safe suburb, a loved family home becomes a crime scene. Some locals say Papakura felt different after Arthur Easton's murder.

Duration:00:25:17

Episode 1: The murder

9/28/2018
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It was a Sunday night in suburban New Zealand like any other. Until Brendan Easton heard a click from the back door.

Duration:00:21:23

Introducing Grove Road

9/27/2018
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An investigative true crime series from Newshub, premiering Saturday 29 September.

Duration:00:02:37

The murder. Coming soon

9/23/2018
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Grove Road, an investigative podcast by Newshub, is launching this Saturday.

Duration:00:00:30