Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Another court delay for Bain retrial

The retrial for David Bain has now been delayed from August until next February, at the Christchurch High Court.

Justice Panckhurst said the reasons for the delay were to secure a "fair trial", including the completion of scientific evidence which still needs to be presented to the defence team.

David Bain has been on bail since May 2007, after serving 12 years of a life sentence for the murders of his mother, father, two sisters, and younger brother in Dunedin in 1994.

After a number of appeals by his legal teams, the Privy Council ruled that there had been a "substantial miscarriage of justice", quashing Bain's convictions and recommending a retrial.

(Left) Former convicted murderer David Bain
and (Right) Singing jailbird Trevor Bain

Meanwhile, former Dunedin paperboy Trevor Bain, who was coincidentally released from prison around the time of the 2007 48 Hours NZ Film Competition is now apparently working as a internet consultant for Google on the North Shore, while also appearing as a guest vocalist for various church choirs.

Unfortunately, busy schedules and the dispersement of crew to various parts of New Zealand prevented the "Burt Hall Banana Republic" production team from following up Trevor Bain's story in the 2008 round of the 48 Hours Film Competition.

Their original documentary, Bain: The Musical (The Trevor Bain Story) - a national finalist in the 2007 contest - can be viewed here...

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