David and Liz Bain. Photo by Herald on Sunday
David Bain is about to become a father - and his biggest
supporter says the news would be even sweeter if the Government
settled his compensation battle.
Liz Bain, the Christchurch primary school teacher he married
this year, is pregnant, Mr Bain confirmed last night.
"Elizabeth and I are expecting at the end of November or
early December and our families and friends are extremely
delighted for us and have been very supportive," Mr Bain
The pair, who met more than 10 years ago, married in front of
80 family and friends at Trent's Vineyard, on the southern
outskirts of Christchurch, in January.
The newlyweds live in a small back- section flat owned by Mrs
Bain since 2007, in the Christchurch suburb of Redwood. Mr
Bain, 42, works at a local engineering firm.
His wife goes by her family name of "Miss Davies" at Cotswold
School in the Christchurch suburb of Bishopdale where she is
a Year 6 teacher and Maori and Pasifika leader. She is still
teaching and not yet showing, a family friend said yesterday.
"They had plans from the start to have kids," the source
"They have told their close friends but just want to play
things very quiet."
Mr Bain was convicted in 1995 of murdering his Dunedin family
and spent 13 years in jail before he was acquitted in a 2009
Long-time Bain supporter Joe Karam said he was "absolutely
delighted" for the couple.
"I think they will be great parents and I hope they have a
lovely family life," he said.
The former All Black said the "very special occasion" would
be even sweeter if Justice Minister Judith Collins "had
respected the will of the nation and honoured the report
commissioned by her government in settling David's
Mr Karam was referring to the three polls conducted in
February and March last year which showed a two-to-one
majority in favour of Mr Bain receiving compensation.
A report by former Canadian Justice Ian Binnie found that on
the balance of probabilities, Mr Bain was innocent of
murdering his parents, two sisters and brother in Dunedin in
1994 and had been wrongfully imprisoned.
Last year Mr Bain's lawyer, Michael Reed QC, announced he was
seeking a judicial review of how Ms Collins handled the
In February 2013 Cabinet agreed to a request from Mr Bain to
put the compensation bid on hold until the judicial review
had been heard.
Last month Ms Collins' office told the Otago Daily Times the
substantive hearing could be held later this year.
Mrs Bain's mother, Carolyn, is a long-time Bain supporter,
having visited him in prison and billeting him during his
second trial in the High Court at Christchurch. When the
couple's engagement was made public, she said she was
"delighted" to welcome him to the family.
David Bain's life
1994 - David Bain's parents, two sisters and brother are shot
and killed in their Dunedin home.
1995 - Jury finds Bain guilty of murdering his family. He is
sentenced to a mandatory life term.
1995 - Court of Appeal dismisses appeal.
2007 - Five-day Privy Council hearing in London begins. It
orders a retrial.
2009 - Bain is found not guilty on five counts of murder,
following a retrial.
2010 - Bain asks the Government for compensation for 13 years
2012 - Justice Minister Judith Collins rejects Justice
Binnie's report after Robert Fisher, QC found a number of
January 10, 2014 - Bain marries Liz Davies in a private
ceremony at a Christchurch vineyard.
June 2014 - The couple announce they are expecting their