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Greg King a 'dearly loved husband and cherished father'

Published: 6:55AM Monday November 05, 2012 Source: ONE News

The funeral for high-profile defence lawyer Greg King will be held on Friday in Wellington.

King, who most recently defended Ewen Macdonald in the Scott Guy murder trial, was discovered dead near his car at the bottom of Dungarvan Rd in Newlands, about 10.30am on Saturday.

The 43-year-old's funeral will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on November 9 at 11am. A private cremation will be held after the service.

In an obituary published today, King was described as a "dearly loved husband and soul mate of Catherine" and the "loved and cherished father of Pippa and Millie".

The obituary said he was also the "dearly loved son of Jeffrey and Jennifer and loved brother of Jason; loved son- in-law of Robin and the late Chaunia Milnes; loved brother-in-law of Anna and Dickon, loved uncle of Luke, Letitia, Jonathon, Hope, and Tamsin".

The obituary read that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Wellington Free Ambulance would be appreciated and may be left at the service or posted to PO Box 601, Wellington 6140.

Noel Sainsbury from the Criminal Bar Association said those who knew King "knew how he loved and admired Catherine and how he loved and was devoted to his daughters".

"To them and to Greg's wider family we can only offer our sympathy, thoughts, prayers and ongoing friendship and support. 

"Greg was a great colleague, a great lawyer, a great friend and great company.  He will be missed," Sainsbury said.

'Never said no'

Sir Bob Jones, one of King's closest friends, said the lawyer was "incredibly generous" and career-driven.

"He coped with it all right, but he kept saying yes to everything, he would never say, 'no, I won't take that case'."

Labour Leader David Shearer has offered his sincerest sympathies to the family of the lawyer.

"Greg had one of this country's finest legal brains. There wouldn't be many New Zealanders who hadn't heard of him," he said.

Attorney-General Honourable Christopher Finlayson has also expressed his condolences on the passing of King.

"Although young in years, Greg King had already achieved a huge amount in his career," Finlayson said.

"He was a lawyer in the finest traditions of the criminal bar, of the same stature as the likes of Mike Bungay, Kevin Ryan and Roy Stacey."

Detective Inspector Paul Basham said on Saturday that police were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The matter has been referred to Coroner Wallace Bain, who has imposed restrictions surrounding the reporting of the case.

King, was the youngest lawyer in New Zealand approved to conduct the defence in murder trials, and he had been counsel in more than 40 murder cases. King had hosted the TVNZ 7 programme The Court Report.

King defended some of New Zealand's most well-known criminals, including Scott Watson, the man found guilty of murdering Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in 1998, and Clayton Weatherston, the man found guilty of stabbing Sophie Elliott in her Dunedin home in 2008.

Elliott's father, Gil Elliott says he feels nothing but sadness for his family.