The Government has so far paid $400,000 to employ a
Canadian judge to evaluate whether David Bain should receive
compensation, Radio New Zealand reports.
Documents released to Radio New Zealand under the Official
Information Act show retired Canadian Supreme Court judge,
Justice Ian Binnie, has been paid almost $315,000 excluding
GST, as well as almost $34,000 for travel and expenses.
Justice Binnie was asked by the Government last November to
recommend whether Mr Bain should get compensation, although
Cabinet will ultimately decide whether he does.
Mr Bain served almost 13 years in prison over the murder of
his parents and three siblings in 1994, before being
acquitted at a retrial in 2009. He could be looking at a
pay-out of almost $2 million, should compensation be awarded.
Justice Binnie has been paid $450 an hour, which the Ministry
of Justice told Radio New Zealand was comparable to the rate
paid to New Zealand Queen's Counsel when considering
Radio New Zealand reported Justice Binnie had travelled to
New Zealand four times in the past 11 months in order to
interview people involved in the case, including Mr Bain.
Justice Minister Judith Collins received Justice Binnie's
report last month, but said it would not be released until
Cabinet had decided whether to pay compensation.
However, the New Zealand Herald last month learned Justice
Binnie believes, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Bain is
- Paul Harper of Herald Online