Spat over $4.4m estate

The children of a crusading forensic scientist famed for helping to free Arthur Allan Thomas have gone to court over his $4.4 million estate.

Dr Jim Sprott died in Auckland in 2014, aged 89.

He was most widely known for his role in the 1970s in overturning Thomas’ conviction for the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe. Sprott worked alongside journalist Pat Booth on the case.

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Arthur Allan Thomas was twice convicted of the Crewe murders and spent nine years in prison before being pardoned in 1979.

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