David Bain's lawyer is "disappointed" that a judicial review
into Justice Minister Judith Collins' handling of his
high-profile client's compensation case will not be heard
until next year.
Mr Bain was convicted in 1995 of murdering his Dunedin family
and spent 13 years in jail before he was acquitted in a 2009
He is seeking compensation for his wrongful imprisonment.
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.
But now, APNZ has been told that the case, to be heard in the
High Court at Auckland, has been delayed again.
"We've been told they can't fit in a date this year, which is
a pity, and they're looking at a date of February 9 next
year. I'm hoping to get confirmation in the next few days,"
said Mr Reed.
"It's disappointing. We would've liked it this year,
obviously. But we can't apparently - the court is too busy."
APNZ today revealed that Mr Bain's wife Liz, who he married
in Christchurch in January, is pregnant with their first
Long-time Bain supporter Joe Karam said he was "absolutely
delighted" for the couple.
But the former All Black said the "very special occasion"
would be even sweeter if Ms Collins "had respected the will
of the nation and honoured the report commissioned by her
government in settling David's compensation claim".
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.
- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ