David organised a Family Meeting for the night before the murders

Several witnesses testify that David called a family meeting for the night before the murders.

Although it would not have been hard to get his parents, Robin and Margaret, and siblings Arawa and Stephen together with him in the same house, Laniet had left home more than a year earlier.

 

Cross examination from Mr Bates of David's Auntie at trial in 2009

Q. Did you talk about Laniet on this particular morning and was it back to the 20th?

A. Yes. I asked David, I was surprised that Laniet was at home because I knew at that time that she was living out at Robin’s house in Taieri Beach and I said to him that, “Why was Laniet home?” I was surprised that Laniet was at home. And he said that he had in fact gone to the museum café and talked her into coming home.

Joanne Dryden taught at Bayfield High School, and told the High Court in Christchurch she took Laniet, 18, under her wing because she was struggling. She had heard Laniet was dabbling in drugs and prostitution, but seemed to be coming out of a difficult period.

She said she spoke to Laniet on the day before she and four family members died of gunshot wounds, and noted that Laniet was agitated and scared. Ms Dryden told the court she met Laniet outside a theatre on June 19, where she was taking part in a production.

"It was clear to me that she was agitated. Her body language, what she was saying, her voice and her facial expressions. She hugged me." Laniet said David was going to pick her up that night and take her to a family meeting. She said she felt scared and didn't want to go, Ms Dryden said.  "She said she was scared of David. She said she didn't want to go home. She was scared to go home."  This conversation and meeting was the last she saw of Laniet.

Marcella Nader-Turner, a friend of Arawa and who also knew Laniet, said she had seen Laniet outside the Playhouse Theatre in Dunedin about 1.30pm on the day before the murders. She had been at school with Arawa and Laniet and they had chatted about general things. When they began to talk about family, Laniet had become stressed and intense. The conversation was along the lines of her disliking David and "how he was freaky and how she was scared of him", Nader-Turner said.  He had called a family meeting for that night, and if she did not go he was going to take her "kicking and screaming" to the meeting if need be, Laniet had told her. When Laniet talked of the meeting, "her face changed and she became quite intense Nader-Turner said". Another witness, Kelly Gillan, said he also spoke with Laniet outside the theatre and also heard her speak about a family meeting that night, which David had called.

Three separate acquaintances of Laniet: Marcella Nader-Turner, Joanne Dryden, and Kelly Gillan all testified at trial that David had called a family meeting for the evening before the murders. Read about it HERE  By calling this meeting, David succeeded in getting all members of the family under the one roof in preparation for what he had in store for them.  It wasn't Robin who called a meeting.  If it wasn't for David, Laniet would not have been present that night and maybe Robin wouldn't have been either.

Despite all of this there is no record of any meeting and David Bain certainly did not mention it taking place in testimony to the police.

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If you keep searching you seem to be able to find new damning evidence against David Bain without to much dificulty, here is the latest that I have found on reading a certain document, had not seen or heard about it before.

 

Cross examination from Mr Bates of David's Auntie at trial in 2009

Q. Did you talk about Laniet on this particular morning and was it back to the 20th?

A. Yes. I asked David, I was surprised that Laniet was at home because I knew at that time that she was living out at Robin’s house in Taieri Beach and I said to him that, “Why was Laniet home?” I was surprised that Laniet was at home. And he said that he had in fact gone to the museum café and talked her into coming home.