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October 10 2005

Women challenge compo offer

A challenge to a government compensation offer is under way in the High Court in Auckland, with the Crown defending the size of its offer to three women who were wrongly imprisoned.

Lucy Akatere, Tanya Vini and McCushla Fuataha were aged 15 and 14 when they were sent to jail for a robbery they didn't commit.

Last year they rejected a Crown compensation offer of $160,000 each.

The women's lawyer Rodney Harrison QC says the court should dismiss the criteria used to calculate the compensation.

But lawyers for the Crown argue the cabinet-approved guidelines are not the business of the judiciary.