A memorial service was held yesterday for a key supporter of
About 180 people attended a memorial service at Burns Hall,
in Dunedin, for Kathleen Dawson, who died on January 2, aged
Joe Karam told the Otago Daily Times earlier this week
Mrs Dawson and her late husband, John, were instrumental in
Mr Bain's supporters getting together and had sparked his
interest in the case.
''She was the one who kicked it off. Without her the group
would never have got started.
''I placed considerable respect on her view of David because
she had known him for many years and had extremely close
contact with him.''
Friends of David Bain spokeswoman Catherine Spencer said Mr
Bain's former singing teacher was ''the first person to speak
out publicly in defence of David''.
''Had she not taken that first step, then the Friends of
David may not have formed, and may not have found Joe Karam.
''And it was great that she lived to see the fruition of her
unfailing support and see David a free man.''
The former Dunedin man was convicted in 1995 of murdering his
family and spent 13 years in jail before being acquitted in a