Bain Murders

Black hands podcast

Martin van Beynen, in association with Stuff, has put together a ten part podcast on the Bain story.  Van Beynen has covered the Bain case since 1997 and sat through the 2009 retrial.  He has written a number of Op-eds in the Christchurch Press about the Bain case and has as much knowledge about the case as anyone.

Listen to the Podcast here


David Bain has failed in his application for compensation for alleged wrongful imprisonment.  Justice Callinan concluded that he is not innocent beyond reasonable doubt, meaning that compensation could not be made.

However, because the Bain team intended to legally challenge the Callinan report, the Ministry had done a deal with the Bain team to provide an ex gratia payment of $925,000 in exchange for closure.  Further legal action would have cost more money, and the decision to settle is driven by the desire not to spend any more money on the case.

Read more on NZ Herald and Stuff.


Monday, March 16, 2015 - 08:45

Justice For Robin Bain supporters report being elated with attempts by David Bain to have sales of a new book removed from bookstores.

See the report on stuff, and Slater has weighed in too.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 17:29

A new book has been written on the Bain killings, the title is The Bain Killings Whodunnit, the author is Michael Sharp. 
There are chapters on the glasses , the luminol sockprints, the blood on David's clothes, the Binnie /Bain interview, the Binnie report, etc.,etc. 
If you would like a copy please use the contact form on this site to request a copy.


Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:53

John Key, on Newstalk ZB, has stated that the Bain team have to prove that Robin committed the murders in order to become eligible for compensation.  The compensation bid has already cost a similar amount to any reasonable compensation handout but as Key says, this is not about the money but doing the right thing.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 15:52

The public forum is open again here at counterspin.  It has been 18 months since the defamation trial and almost 12 months since the verdict.  Counterspin is still open, and we are entitled to counter the spin that has been spun about Robin Bain being a murderous, decrepit, unbalanced, depressive maniac.  The compensation has not been decided and the petition is still in progress.  Based on the

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 14:00

Joe Karam, David Bain's chief supporter has come out against the idea of rejecting Justice Binnie's report of 2012. 

He denies that he is comfortable with the decision and likens it to " when someone holds a gun to your head and and says 'do this' - well, you're comfortable to do it 'cos you'll get shot if you don't."

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:44

Martin Van Beynen, of the Christchurch Press who attended the fuill retrial in 2009 and wrote an epic opinion piece on the trial and his verdict that David Bain has guilty, has echoed calls from counterspin and Justice for Robin Bain members that the new judge or inquirer not make the same mistakes as Justice Binnie.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:59

Cabinet has released the results of their discussion on the Bain Compensation, and have decided to get a new inquirer to provide them with third party advice on David Bain's culpability in the Bain Murders.

As emphasised in the cabinet rulings, cabinet does not have to pay compensation to David Bain and the advice of the inquirer is advice only and not binding in any way.

Attached are cabinet resolutions Q&A on the matter and a timeline.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:03

Professor Andrew Geddis says [I think Fishers core criticism of Binnies approach to the physical evidence is right.

Otago University Law School Dean Mark Henaghan [ ]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 13:59

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 time I avow I will not fail.  I know what the result should be and I will do my utmost to get it there.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 18:02

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.