David Washed blood soaked clothes.

Detective Mark Lodge said a partial bloody handprint of David Bains was found on the top of the machine, while blood was also found on the side of the machine, and a washing powder container, There was a washing powder container in the laundry which had fresh watery blood smeared across its top. David did not claim that anyone else had used the washing machine that morning and there was no evidence that anyone else had done so. On David’s case only he could therefore have deposited the fresh diluted blood on the washing powder box in the course of putting powder into the machine. A towel and in an empty kleensac in the bathroom/laundry area of the Bain family's Dunedin home. A green V-neck jersey and track pants owned by David were found newly washed in the washing machine when the police arrived at the scene, David also admitted that the machine also contained a pair of his socks.

The Defence argued that this happened because Robin left his freshly discarded bloodied clothes in the washing basket (when he got changed to meet his Maker) "as the defense surmised" and that the first thing David always did when he came in from his paper run was to put on the washing.  The bloodied palmprint is the result of blood transferred from the clothes. This explanation can be found in this interview. If this version of events is true one has to ask the following:

  1. Why didn't he notice the blood on his hands, and if so immediately investigate? Instead it appears that he started the wash cycle and successfully washed all the blood out of the clothes. In the documentary A Question of Justice, David Bain says that he sorted the coloureds from the non-coloureds and this was reiterated in the retrial of 2009 by  David Bain's lawyer Michael Reed, so it is evident the clothes got a fair amount of scrutiny.

The story does have creedence in that his mother's diary records this as a regular event.

This one piece of evidence is very telling:

  1. No one doubts that it is David Bain's palm print and that it is a bloodied print, therefore David Bain must have washed the clothes and he admits as much.
  2. Fabric from the green jersey was found under Stephen's fingernails and so it is concluded that the killer wore this green jersey.

If you believe David is innocent then you have to believe that an intelligent young man who regularly washed the clothes each morning picked up an item of clothing and bloodied his hands without either seeing the blood on the clothes or noticing the clammy wetness of it on his hands.

If you believe that David Bain is guilty then it seems obvious that he washed the clothes as part of an attempt to remove evidence and that he put the washing on some time earlier during the planned interval in his paper run, after which he went out to complete the run and make himself obvious to such people as the witness who saw him enter his house between 6.40 and 6.45am.

Further to this, ESR forensic scientist Peter Cropp said an Opera Otago Gondoliers sweatshirt that was owned by David had blood stains on the right shoulder and gave the appearance of being diluted with water. This could be seen by the migration of blood proteins to the edges of the stain. Insufficient blood was available for a blood-group test. David had been wearing the Gondoliers sweatshirt the day before and could offer no explanation for the stain. It is thought that the blood had seeped through from the green jersey on to the shoulder of the Gondoliers sweatshirt.  The sweatshirt was found on the floor of the laundry.

News article about the blood found in the laundry can be found Here

Blood stains were not only found on the washing machine and the wash basin but towels had also been stained, as if someone had tried to wash blood from themselves and further that the killer probably had a shower to clean himself up.  Detective Mark Lodge, an officer who helped in the bathroom-laundry scene investigation, told the court in 2009 about finding blood traces on a handbasin, on a door, a towel.  He also described discovering a facemask, shower curtain, and shower cap, all with blood on them, on a shelf.

David admitted that when he came home from delivering papers he washed the newsprint off his hands in the basin. There was a great deal of blood evidence in the laundry bathroom area but at no time did David mention to the police that he had noticed it. He said he didn't know why bloodstained clothing had been washed. He agreed the washing had included a pair of his socks and his sweatshirt.

David told officers he had washed his hands after the paper round to remove printers' ink. Blood spots in the wash basin were inconsistent with David's statements on when he had washed his hands. The Crown stated that if Robin had washed his hands in the basin to remove blood from his hands, then the spots in the basin would have been removed or diluted when David returned from his paper round and used the basin.

Robin's hands were also inspected by a detective, who found dirt around the fingernails and in the creases of his hands. They did not appear to have been washed and it is very unlikely that he showered prior to his death.


"No one doubts that it is David Bain's fingerprint and that it is a bloodied print"

It was actually a partial palm print and the defence disputes the claim the print was made in blood, saying it was never proven to be blood and could've been made by a dairy product on his hand.  They also said it wasn't identifiable when the print was made.


The defence produced an expert who said that palmprint may not have been in blood,but that is another implausible theory.so far as I am concerned.

Another defence theory was that the Gondolier's T-shirt had got stained with blood because it was in the washbasket with other bloody clothes.


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