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Thursday, December 13, 2012
The NZ Bain family murders controversy lingers on...
The David Bain Timeline:
June 20, 1994 Five members of the Bain family are found dead in their home - Robin, 59, his wife Margaret and three of their children, Arawa, Laniet and Stephen, who is just 14. June 24, 1994 David Cullen Bain is charged with five counts of murder. The family is funeral service takes place the next day. July 1994 The Bain house at 65 Every Street is razed at the request of Bain's extended family. May 1995 David Bain goes on trial for murder. May 29, 1995 The jury finds David Bain guilty of five counts of murder. June 1995 Bain is sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 16 years.
The years of appeals begin. David Bain petitions the Governor General for a pardon, there is a Ministry of Justice inquiry, the case is referred back to the Court of Appeal and eventually dismissed. During all of this Former All Black Joe Karam takes on the crusade to free David Bain. December 1995 The Court of Appeal dismisses Bain's appeal May 1996 A petition to the Privy Council seeking leave to appeal the conviction fails. June 2000 The case is referred back to the Court of Appeal December 19, 2000 Aspects of the case referred back to the Court of Appeal. Justice minister Phil Goff said an investigation had shown that "a number of errors" may have occurred in the Crown's case. December 20, 2002 Goff announces the case is to be reheard in full by Court of Appeal. September 2003 The Court of Appeal finally hears the case and decides against a retrial. December 13, 2003 Court of Appeal decides a retrial not needed on the grounds that the new evidence would not have changed the jury's verdict. June 2006 David Bain's legal team wins the right to take the case to the Privy Council for a full hearing. March 2007 Karam and David's defence team travels to London to put their case to the Privy Council. May 2007 Privy Council quashes David Bain's convictions. Five days later he is granted bail. June 21, 2007 Solicitor-General David Collins orders a retrial July 2007 The trial is set down to start on May 5 and is expected to last about 12 weeks . May 2008 The retrial is moved to Christchurch, and is set for August 2008. Later in May an adjournment is gratned until February 16, 2009. Oct 2008 David Bain's defence team filed papers with the Privy Council in London to have the murder charges against him dismissed. Dec 2008 The Privy Council in London refused to hear an appeal by David Bain's defence team to stop his retrial. Mar 6 2009 David Bain's retrial gets under way June 5 2009 David Cullen Bain, 37, is found not guilty of all five counts of murder http://tvnz.co.nz/david-bain-news/timeline-david-bain-case-2521869
The NZ Government commissioned a report from a retired Canadian jurist Ian Binnie to consider grounds for compensation. But Justice Minister Judith Collins was not happy with the report commissioned by her predecessor, Simon Power, that has cost nearly $500,000. She sought an independent report from within New Zealand. Read below: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=158714&fm=psp,tsf