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October 10 2006; 12:00

Wrongly imprisoned trio get compensation

Three young Auckland women jailed for a crime they did not commit have accepted compensation from the Government.

Tania Vini, Lucy Akatere and McCushla Fuataha were convicted in August 1999 for the aggravated robbery of a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Mt Roskill.

They successfully appealed their convictions on the basis that two principal witnesses had retracted their testimony and were released after spending around seven months in jail.

The compensation ranges from between $162,000 and $176,000. Justice Minister Mark Burton says he is pleased the matter has been resolved, and he wishes the young women well for the future.

He says the Government accepted the girls were innocent and offered the trio compensation in 2003, but he says that had not been accepted by the women's lawyer.