Tuesday, July 6, 2010
David Bain not guilty, not innnocent - no compo
Joe Karam angry about Bain doco - not guilty, not innocent - no compo...
David Bain supporter Joe Karam says documentary claiming to have new evidence in Bain case "outrageous, untrue"
A documentary calling into question defence evidence at David Bain's retrial has angered long time supporter Joe Karam.
Mr Bain was found not guilty last year of murdering his father Robin, his mother Margaret and his siblings Stephen, Laniet and Arawa in Dunedin in 1994. His defence team argued that Robin killed the family before turning the gun on himself because he was having an incestuous affair with his daughter Laniet and feared it would be exposed.
Bryan Bruce's documentary which screened last night, questioned some of the testimony given by witnesses for the defence case at the murder trial in 1995 and the retrial in 2009.
In its attempt to argue that Robin was involved in an incestuous relationship, the defence team drew on evidence from Daryl Young who told the retrial he had sold Robin a photocopier for the principal's school in 1993. Mr Young said he came across Robin at a camping ground and believed he had been arguing with a woman. He said Robin was wrapped in a towel and smelt of alcohol. However, Mr Bruce produced a sales document which had the signature of Robin and a different sales person, Ian Arthur, who confirmed he had sold the photocopier to Mr Bain. He said it is possible Mr Young accompanied him when the document was signed but he did not recall any occasion when he saw the principal half undressed.
Other issues covered on the programme included the lack of Robin Bain's fingerprints on the gun used to shoot his family.
Mr Karam says TVNZ refused to listen to supporters' plea to postpone the documentary while they sought compensation for David Bain.
"They promote this thing and get this vast audience with the claim that one phone call to us could have put to bed completely and would have meant they couldn't make this outrageous, untrue claim that they'd found new evidence which busted the case wide open."
The documentary had an audience of 626,000 viewer
Actually David. Bain was found not guilty, not innocent.
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