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Following the David Bain retrial online
Saturday 7 March 2009, 2:54AM
By Fraser Mills
3131 views, 1 comments


David Bain's retrial got underway yesterday and is expected to last 12 weeks. The original trial was held back in 1994 when most of you didn't even know what the internet was but this time you can follow it minute by minute online.

TV3 are streaming video of the hearing with a 10 minute delay on their website and have a dedicated David Bain News page

NZ Herald are posting brief updates on Twitter @nzheraldevents or search for #davidbain.

You can also follow the trial with Google News or sign up for Google Alerts and get email or RSS updates. The alerts track blog posts, news articles, videos and discussion on Google Groups.

For background information check the Wikipedia page or The David Bain Case on


Timeline of Bain Case

June 20, 1994 - David Bain's parents, Robin and Margaret, two sisters Laniet and Arawa and brother Stephen are shot and killed in their Dunedin home.

June 24, 1994 - Bain is charged with five counts of murder.

June 25, 1994 - The rest of Bain's family are farewelled by 1000 mourners.

July 7, 1994 - The now infamous house at 65 Every Street is razed at the request of Bain's extended family.

May 8, 1995 - Three-week-long murder trial begins in the High Court at Dunedin.

May 29, 1995 - Jury finds Bain guilty on all five counts of murder.

June 21, 1995 - Bain sentenced to mandatory life term, with a minimum non-parole period of 16 years.

December 19, 1995 - Court of Appeal dismisses Bain appeal.

May, 1996 - A petition to Privy Council seeking leave to appeal fails.

April 16, 1997 - Joe Karam launches his book, David and Goliath.

June 23, 1997 - James McNeish releases his book, The Mask of Sanity, concluding that David was the killer.

March 1998 - Police say Dunedin officers will sue Karam over claims in his book.

June 9, 2000 - Damages suit brought against Karam by two Dunedin detectives, one since retired, fails at the High Court in Auckland.

December 19, 2000 - Bain has aspects of his case referred back to the Court of Appeal.

December 13, 2003 - Court of Appeal decides a retrial was not needed.

June 7, 2006 - Bain's legal team wins right to a full Privy Council hearing.

May 10, 2007 - Privy Council quashes David Bain's convictions for the 1994 murders of his parents and three siblings. 

May 15, 2007 - Bain released on bail, in High Court at Christchurch. 

June 21, 2007 - Solicitor-General David Collins orders a retrial.




Alison Mudie, 22 May 2009, 8:57PM

 The socks Robin Bain was wearing the morning of the murders were clean. I've heard no mention of the bloody socks he was supposed to have been wearing that left  footprints in the hallway.  I believe the socks David washed that morning were his own!!!  Also there is alot of comment about Davids fingerprints on the gun and how old they were.  I think it is more relevent to ask where were Robins prints. He could not have wiped the gun could he. INDEX