An online campaign against long-time David Bain supporter
Joe Karam led the former All Black to fear for his and his
family's safety, a court has been told.
Mr Karam filed defamation proceedings against Justice for
Robin Bain members Kent Parker and Victor Purkiss for online
comments they allegedly made about him.
Mr Purkiss has not been present at the hearing in the High
Court at Auckland, where Mr Parker is representing himself.
Mr Karam's son, Richard Karam, gave at times tearful
testimony today about the impact the "vindictive and
threatening" comments had on his father.
"It got to the point that he became upset and seemed
genuinely concerned for his safety and that of his family,"
he told the court.
Richard Karam said his company, the Coffee Guy Limited, of
which his father is a former shareholder, was also harassed
as a result of the comments, and the defendants urged people
to boycott the business.
Joe Karam's daughter, Simone Ngaire Tatton, also gave
evidence in support of her father.
"Dad has always been a man with incredibly strong values or
morals ... he has always stood up for what is right or
wrong," she said.
"It is easy to see how the defendants' daily comments
The court has previously been told the comments attacked Mr
Karam's motivation for supporting David Bain, who was in 2009
acquitted of murdering his parents and siblings after
spending 13-1/2 years in prison.
His lawyer, Michael Reed QC, told the court yesterday Mr
Karam was caused stress, anxiety and hurt.
"Without question, it has been the worst four years of Mr
The hearing continues.