David Bain's quest for compensation may be ''back on the
table'' with confirmation a substantive hearing will be held
later this year.
This week marked five years since the former Dunedin man was
acquitted of the murder of his parents, two sisters and
brother in their Every St home in June 1994.
A spokeswoman for Justice Minister Judith Collins said the
Cabinet had put Mr Bain's application for compensation on
hold, at his request.
While the judicial review process was ongoing, it was
inappropriate for the Minister of Justice to comment.
However, her office confirmed a substantive hearing could
occur later this year.
Long-time supporter Joe Karam told the Otago Daily
Times Mr Bain's legal team had abandoned a plan to appeal
the last interlocutory decision about the provision of
Instead, Mr Bain's legal team had applied to the High Court
to proceed with the substantive hearing, likely to be towards
the end of the year.
''After that, depending on the outcome, the compensation
claim will be back on the table.''
Mr Karam said since the acquittals for wrongful convictions,
Mr Bain had ''reconstructed his life''.
''He has travelled the world, been fully employed in his
chosen career as a metal engineer and married a fine woman.''