David Bain’s Political Compensation

ImageThe Justice Binnie review for compensation in the David Bain five-person slaying has descended in to farce.  It is now political, not evidential or even judicial. Justice Binnie says Collins is “playing politics.” Yes she is.

I say political, because there is no way the New Zealand government can allow compensation to David Bain; the public would be outraged. Giving him $2 million (estimate) would offend hardworking Kiwi battlers struggling to make a living. Killing 5 family members (yes, I believe he is guilty) and then getting $2 million would be awful beyond endurance for the public. This is what minister Judith Collins senses.

All the posturing of the obsessive Joe Karam does not change the fact, that more than one jury found David Bain guilty. Karam’s constant claims that DB is “innocent” is not what the last court found. As one of the final jurors recently said, ‘we did not find DB innocent; we found there was insufficient (or confused?) evidence to convict him absolutely beyond reasonable doubt.’ There is a difference. Other juries found him guilty. The Privy Council also did not find him innocent and expressly said he should stay incarcerated while a new trial was undertaken. At best, the evidence is ambiguous.

Rosemary McLeod’s article on Bain years ago convinced me of his guilt.  Her objective listing of the police evidence against David was compelling.  The main points for me , were:

• No blood on Robin.

• An extraordinary way of self-inflicting a rifle shot to the back of his head.

• A violent fight with Stephen Bain; no scratches on Robin, an older man and his Dad.

• Scratches on David and his glasses broken and found in Stephen’s room.

• David washed his clothes very early in the morning having already worn them.

• Robin, if the mass murderer, collected the early morning paper and had a quiet time (a Christian prayerful devotion, which he did every morning).

• He is described by all his colleagues as a kind, generous, loving man.

• David at the time was moody, weird, controlling and his sister feared him.

• He had threatened family members with his gun before.

• Only David knew where the key to his gun was hidden.

• The killer left the message on the computer. Who wiped the finger prints from the computer keys, and why, a suicidal Robin Bain? (yeah, right). Why was the message so focussed on David, and if suicidal, mentioned no one else, any reasons, or goodbyes, just praise of David? No, David wrote it not Robin.

But this has now moved beyond a trial, to a political issue and a government’s credibility with the public.  Compensation would be intolerable.  I do not think David is now a threat to the public.  He has been inside for 16 years. Innocent or guilty, we can never prove either way now (until technology advances and there are new breakthroughs). Re-litigating these topics is pointless. It is time for David Bain to leave New Zealand and move on with a viable life elsewhere, like Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker before him. But he should not get a golden handshake from us, the taxpayers.




…or Robin?


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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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One Response to David Bain’s Political Compensation

  1. Yes, I agree with you totally. There are just too many unanswered questions; and like you, I’m a kiwi with a nagging doubt. I think you right on the button about the compensation. Had the inquiries proved beyond reasonable doubt that a person other than David had committed the murders; then yes, compensation would have been warranted. They have failed to do so. $2 million dollars would be an absolute outrage and if there were a petition to stop the payment, my name would be at the top. Thank you for your for your insightful and objective article. I’m always a believer in the maxim :Truth will always out. Hopefully, one day, we New Zealanders will get to the bottom of this tragedy.

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