Tributes from the legal profession are flowing for Wellington barrister Greg King, who was found dead yesterday in a quiet suburban street.
King, 43, was a theatrical criminal lawyer, most recently seen successfully defending Ewen Macdonald against the charge of murdering Scott Guy.
He was discovered lying face down on a grass verge at the bottom of Dungarvan Rd in the northern Wellington suburb of Newlands at about 10.30am yesterday (3rd November, 2012).
Pathologist John Rutherford was at the scene. He is the same pathologist who examined Guy’s body.
Detective Inspector Paul Basham said police did not believe King’s death was suspicious and the matter had been referred to the coroner. Read the full article here.
Sharing my opinion on the matter, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone whole-heartedly believing Ewen Macdonald guilt was outraged by Greg King’s ability to get him acquitted of murder and took matters into their own hands. Comments from Mr. King’s peers include; “Throughout his career he represented clients who were often unpopular and he did that with real ability and determination.” An eccentric lawyer who’s good at his job and who believes in a fair trial for everyone – aka – a lawyer who may have been responsible for letting someone get away with murder – does make a likely target for those who feel an injustice.
Whatever the reason, it’s still a sad end to a a man’s life.