Aunt tells of Bain's reaction

When David Bain saw the Otago Daily Times two days after his family's murder he became very upset, clenched his fists, tensed up and spoke in a slow deliberate way, his mother's younger sister said today.

He said that the police had lied to him, that some of the family weren't asleep, and that they knew they were going to die, Janis Clark told the High Court at Christchurch today.

Bain said, "He had to look at them in the eye and shoot them," Mrs Clark told the High Court at Christchurch on day 37 of Bain's trial.

He went into a trance-like state and spoke of black hands, Mrs Clark said.

He said they were taking them away, and he couldn't stop them. He said this over and over, she said.

She was concerned for him and asked him if he had seen them dying and he said he had only seen his Mum and Dad, and they were already dead.

When talking about which clothes to wear to the funeral, David Bain told her he didn't want the family wearing black.

"We see death as a celebration," he said.

David Bain was arrested for the murder of his family on Friday June 24, and could not attend the funeral the next day.

Robert Clark told the High Court in Christchurch that he took David Bain to the police station on the day he was arrested.

He said he was very relaxed and was co-operating with the police.

Bain told him he would be glad when it was all sorted out and he could live his life.

Bain felt that if only he had run faster doing the paper-run, he could have saved the family, Mr Clark said.

Bain has denied charges of murdering his parents, two sisters and his brother at their family home in Every Street, Dunedin, in June 1994. The trial is before Justice Graham Panckhurst and a jury.


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