Thursday, December 13, 2012

The NZ Bain family murders controversy lingers on...

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    The David Bain Timeline:
    :no: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
    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:,tsf
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

whos finger prints were on the shell casings and the shells in robin blains clip