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Sunday: April 1 2007

Published: 1:23PM Tuesday March 27, 2007

On the April 1 show...

Breaking Point
What was going through the mind of Garth Abbott as he drove his car off the top of Mt Wellington in 2005 with his two daughters inside, killing one and injuring the other.

Nine-year-old Britney, who died, and four-year-old Siobahn had the rare Usher disorder which meant they were deaf and would become blind in adulthood.

Abbott has always maintained that driving off the mounatin was an accident and that he had been distracted by an emotional cellphone call. But a jury found it wasn't an accident and Abbot was this week sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter.

In a Sunday exclusive Garth Abbott talks for the first time to Janet McIntyre.


Policing the Police

It was the case Prime Minister Helen Clark said made the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Northland woman Judith Garrett claimed that not only had she been handcuffed and raped in the Kaitaia police station, but when she complained about it there was a police cover up. 

Sixteen years later the government acted. In 2004 it established a Commission of Inquiry into police conduct - in part to investigate Garrety's case. At the same time the police re-opened the investigation into her rape complaint.

But now Garrett claims the cover up is continuing. She says the police investigation and subsequent trial prevented her telling her story to the Commission of Inquiry, which is expected to be released soon.

Garrett tells John Hudson what happened to her and the policeman acquitted of her rape talks about the police culture of the time.


Nothing but the Truth

For over 100 years the Truth newspaper has raked through the muck of the nation. In the 1960s it sold in the hundreds of thousands, but lately its circulation has plunged.

Now in new hands its owners want the old thunderer to once again be the voice of the people and take it back to its headlining heyday. Mark Crysell has the story.

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