Bain's right-hand man at his wedding was a convicted
murderer, rapist and former prison battery mate.
Paul Russell Wilson, who served 15 years for raping and
murdering his 21-year-old girlfriend in 1994, stood beside Mr
Bain at the alter during his Christchurch wedding on Friday,
as he tied the knot with partner Liz Davies.
The killer was part of a three-man bridal party, which also
included long-term Bain champion Joe Karam's sons Matthew and
Bain and Wilson met while working in the prison kitchen, a
former inmate who shared a cell with Mr Bain said.
Wilson was already serving time for the rape and murder of
girlfriend Kimberly Jean Schroder when Bain joined him in
prison. He took the younger inmate "under his wing", the man
Nancy Schroder, the mother of Wilson's victim, said it made
her "bloody sick" to learn the killer was out celebrating
while the family continued to grieve.
The family had strongly opposed Wilson's parole and doubted
"I heard they had shared a cell ... and now he's out
celebrating. The murdering bastard. It makes you bloody
Wilson was convicted and jailed in 1995 for the murder of Ms
Schroder in Hokitika the previous May, a month before the
A 31-year-old sickness beneficiary at the time, Wilson
visited Ms Schroder's flat and tied up her male flatmate.
When his girlfriend came home he cut her hands during a
confrontation, before cutting off her jeans and raping her.
He then stabbed her in the neck after she made comments about
relationships with other men.
Wilson was sentenced to 15 years non-parole, though on appeal
that was reduced to 13 years.
His parole was granted at his fifth time of asking in
December 2010, with his behaviour described as "exemplary and
He was released in January 2011 into a residential programme
included at least one year of intensive therapy. His release
conditions also permanently banned him from visiting the West
Coast or contacting the Schroder family, and he is subject to
the "standard conditions" of parole for life, which includes
recall to prison if he is deemed an "undue risk to the safety
of the community".
Speaking to the Herald yesterday, Joe Karam said Wilson was
Mr Bain's best and oldest friend.
The pair were two of the longest-serving inmates in their
section of the prison and, though other inmates came and
went, the two remained close.
"They sort of naturally became ... very close friends. The
single person he [Mr Bain] has spent the most time with over
the past 18 years is Paul Wilson."
Since his 2011 release, Wilson had reintegrated himself into
society, Mr Karam said.
"He's done tremendous work to rehabilitate himself. He's got
a job and qualifications."
The wedding itself was "outstanding", Mr Karam said. "It was
beautiful in every respect. There was dancing all night. A
lot of the guests said it was the best wedding they had been
His son Matthew, a 34-year-old Auckland lawyer, was
officially designated as Mr Bain's best man, Mr Karam said,
while his other son Richard, a 36-year-old Auckland
businessman, rounded out the groomsmen,
"He [Mr Bain] thinks of them like brothers. It's not like
they were pulled in because they were my sons. They've had a
long association with him. They are really close friends."
Matthew, in particular, had visited Mr Bain in prison
"virtually every Sunday" during his four years studying law
at Canterbury University from 1998-2002, Mr Karam said.