Background and timeline to the Bain family murders.

Frances Edwards a Telecom operator in Dunedin New Zealand received a 111 emergency call at 7.10am on Monday 20th June 1994. The caller was David Bain a 22 year old paper delivery boy, David appeared to be in a very agitated state and could not express which emergency service he was requiring, so the operator connected him over to the Ambulance service, David then said to them that his Mother and father and in fact all the family were dead.

Joe Karam fails to prove David Bains innocence.

Joe Karam has failed in his bid to secure a compensation payment for David Bain from the New Zealand Justice Department. This was brought about unsurprisingly by his complete failure to supply any convincing evidential information to Justice Callinan, “the person given the job of deciding if David Bain was innocent on the balance of probabilities”.

David Bain's compensation bid has been turned down.  The judge who assessed his case concluded that he is not innocent beyond reasonable doubt, therefore he cannot be eligible for compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

On his blog pundit, Andrew Geddis, a legal expert gives his analysis of the Callinan report leak and what it possiblty means for the balance of probabilities test and the future of Bain's compensation bid.  In essence he says that the customary test of extraordinary circumstances, that being the beyond reasonable doubt test, has, in Bain's case, failed.

Mike Hosking has a chat with Joe Karam about the recent leak of Callinan's report ruling.  Karam says he is a delicate relationship with the Minister and he references David Bain rather than himself.

Mike Hosking interviews Justice Binnie who was responsible for the now discredited first report into David Bain's balance of probabilities investigation.  Binnie compares the Bain case with the Australian Azaria Chamberlain case and suggests the government will eventually be forced to backtrack.  He says that he found innocence easily but only refers to the house being burnt down and the footprint evidence.

A poll on Newshub hosted by Paul Henry shows a clear No from the public, at the time of writing (9.30 am Thursday 18 Feb).

The NZ Herald is also hosting a poll.

The NZHerald has disclosed that Justice Callinan did not find David Bain innocent beyond reasonable doubt (corrected).  Once the process is complete then cabinet will be in a position to make a ruling about any compensation for David Bain.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has reported that Justice Callinan's report has not yet been fully processed.  There is no saying when the report will be released to the public.