The Bain case was once clear and simple and the original jury had no difficulty in reaching their decision. Since then it has been muddied and obfuscated by a persistent and determined propaganda campaign to declare the original investigation a shambles and to paint Robin Bain as something that he was very unlikely to be. The simple plain truth of the case can be rediscovered by looking at the evidence in an impartial and balanced manner:

Latest News on the Defamation Trial

The date for the defamation trial between Joe Karam and members of counterspin and Justice for Robin Bain is fast approaching. It all happens between 14 October and 1 November this year in the High Court in Auckland.

  • 16 Apr, 2014
    Justice Courtney's judgment is attached.  This is the damages part only, assessed at Kent Parker $350,500 Vic Purkiss $184,500 The costs is a further judgment so both of those will go up considerably. I disagree on most of the rulings on fact and law and will be appealing.  It became evident to me early on the proceedings last year that I was not getting my message across.  This...
  • 14 Oct, 2013
    Due to ongoing pre-trial deliberations, the trial between Karam and Parker - Purkiss is now postponed until Wednesday 16 October.  Until about August this year Mr Karam was being represented by Paul Morten, then Peter McKnight made an appearance for him.  Today it was Michael Reed who appeared as counsel.
  • 13 Oct, 2013
    The defamation hearing between Joe Karam and members of the Justice for Robin Bain group, Kent Parker and Vic Purkiss starts on 15 October this week.  The first day, 14 October, has been set aside for pre-trial hearings and is closed to the public.
  • 28 Aug, 2013
    On Tuesday 27 August parties convened for a pre-trial hearing to discuss some matters of process for the upcoming trial and to hear the testimony of one witness.  Matters under discussion included length of trial, details on the compiliation of the bundle of documents, overdue discovery requirements, indemnity costs from July 2012 and others.  Counsel for Karam expressed a desire to...
  • 18 Aug, 2013
    Justice Courtney has been appointed to oversee the defamation trial between the People and Joe Karam.  This is a judge only trial.  Counsel for Joe Karam is now Peter McKnight, the well known media law specialist from Wellington rather than Michael Reed as previously thought.  A pre-trial conference is being held on August 27 in order to arrange affairs for the trial on 14 October.
  • 01 May, 2013
    News of the Defamation case in the Herald as a result of media release sent out yesterday. Also ODT The defamation case will be heard in the High Court in Auckland on 14 October 2013. The media release is here    
  • 30 Apr, 2013
    The defamation trial of Joe Karam vs Parker and Purkiss is to be held at the High Court in Auckland starting on 14 October 2013 and going for three weeks.   The trial is to be held before a judge only.  Joe Karam is represented by Michael Reed and both Parker and Purkiss will be representing themselves. The legal action taken by Karam against the two Justice for Robin Bain (JFRB)...
  • 05 Jul, 2012
    On July 18 - 19 was scheduled a hearing for two preliminary applications, one from Joe Karam which was to strike out most of the Justice for Robin Bain defences, including truth and qualified privilege and one from Justice for Robin Bain which was to question the tenability of hundreds of items in the claim.  Neither application will now be heard and both have been essentially dropped....
  • 02 Jul, 2012
    Today, a group of Justice for Robin Bain members held a demonstration outside the High Court to promote the main message of the group, which is that Robin Bain is innocent.  Being the school holidays, the Court was not particularly busy and media outnumbered passersbys.  The event will be reported on main TV news media tonight.
  • 07 May, 2012
    A date has been set down for a settlement conference between Karam, Parker and other parties directly involved in the legal action taken against Justice for Robin Bain Group and counterspin. Karam is keen to have a settlement conference and has initiated this event which is to be on 2 July 2012 in the High Court in Auckland and will be presided over in front of an associate judge.
  • 04 May, 2012
    On May 28 and 29 Joe Karam vs Parker and Anor is scheduled for a two day hearing.  This hearing is to settle a second strike out attempt from Karam against Parker and Anor's statement of defence.  Karam is trying to strike out the respondents right to defend his claim on the basis of truth and qualified privilege and remove their ability to mitigate damages.  On Parker and Anor's...

Bain Murders

Facts and Evidence

  • When the police entered the front room of the Bain house they found Robin Bain's dead body beside a coffee table. Attached to this front room was a small alcove divided by some green curtains. The...


    This item was omitted from the retrial.

    Ms Koch a friend of Davids sister Arawa was a witness in the retrial, but her testimony in relation to this...

  • Robin had some minor injuries on this hands that, belatedly, Joe Karam has tried to argue were inflicted as a result of his alleged activities on the morning of the murders.  It is well known...

  • The following is paraphrased from James McNeish Mask of Sanity:

    Robin's father was a butter and cheese maker who had gone to build a butter and cheese factory in Pakistan in 1958...

  • David said at court in 1995 that he went into Laniet’s room after he got home from his paper run, (this contradicted statements he made to Detective Sergeant Gregory Dunne on two separate...

  • The white opera gloves found under Stephen's bed which were clearly used by the killer, belonged to David.

  • The gun belonged to David and was kept in his room. 

    Robin, at the time of the killings was living in a caravan outside the house.  There is some controversy over who did and didn...

  • Asked at trial in 1995 if he could account for blood spots on the inside of his duvet cover on his bed, David Bain said he could not, but did remember his cat being on the bed. He said he could...

Latest News on the Bain Case

  • 11 Oct, 2013
    In a recent interview for TVNZ, in relation to the recent allegations of residue marks on Robin's thumb, his brother, Michael was interviewed and continues to maintain his support for Robin's innocence in the face of allegations made by the Bain defence.  Michael Bain considers his brother to be a man of integrity and refuses to comment on the motivation of the Bain defence, and specifically...
  • 04 Sep, 2013
    David Bain is appealing, through his lawyers, for access to the documents previously disallowed by Justice Keane.  The Appeal will be lodged in a number of weeks, further postponing the judicial review process and any consequent decision on compensation.
  • 30 Aug, 2013
    The Herald is reporting that Alec Dempster says there were no cuts or marks on Robin's hands: "No cuts or marks were noted on Robin Bain's hands following his death because there were no cuts or marks, says the Dunedin pathologist who examined his body."
  • 29 Aug, 2013
    Judge Kean rejected the application for discovery of some 250 documents which the applicants, David Bain and Joe Karam wanted to have access to for their judicial review into Judith Collin's decision regarding Justice Binnie's report on David Bain's compensation.  In so doing he cited Lord Bingham with the following at paragraph [149]:
  • 21 Aug, 2013
    David Bain's judicial review in respect of the Binnie report has so far failed to produce any postive result of for the petitioner.  The court has found in favour of Judith Collins.  See TV3 News, Yahoo News, DomPost,
  • 13 Aug, 2013
    The police, in the company of Mr Karam, will endeavour to test the rifle used in the Bain murders.  The police are undertaking this exercise in response to the 3rd degree documentary that was screened in June.
  • 07 Aug, 2013
    Police, in the presence of Joe Karam and other stakeholders will carry out tests on David Bain's gun in light of the recent claims regarding parallel lines on Robin Bain's thumb in a photo taken at the crime scene which was the subject of a documentary in June on 3rd Degree called Smoking Gun.
  • 07 Aug, 2013
    David Bain's legal team misunderstands the Justice Minister's role in awarding compensation and have used court proceedings to make groundless accusations, government lawyers say. The Bain team are attempting to challenge the decisions that Collins made in response to Justice Binnie's report on the Bain case but the Minister and cabinet have considerable discretion in making the compensation...
  • 06 Aug, 2013
    The judicial review undertaken by the Bain defence against the Minister of Justice's decisions regarding the Binnie report is happening today in the High Court in Auckland.
  • 30 Jul, 2013
    The judicial review of the Minister of Justice's behaviour in relation to Binnie's report has been postponed until next Tuesday. David Bain was to head to the High Court in Auckland tomorrow seeking a judicial review into the way Justice Minister Judith Collins handled a report into his case for compensation last year.      
  • 13 Jul, 2013
    A blogger who also happens to be a gun enthusiast and a professional photographer has demonstrated how easy it is to replicate the marks on Robin's hand.  In his demonstration he shows that the marks could easily be wrinkles or cuts, and the idea that they are gun residue is unsafe.  It is also rather hard to load the magazine by using the thumb on the angle which the marks are seen....
  • 12 Jul, 2013
    Michael Bain, Robin's brother, has come forward with a strong rejection of recent claims that Robin could have been responsible for the Bain murders, and says that the marks on Robin's hands most likely came from working on the guttering the day before or from working on a nature reserve at the school where he was principal.


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