Bain free, but not ready to reveal plans

David Bain's longtime supporter and now protector, Joe Karam, was shielding his friend from the media yesterday and would not allow interviews.

Neither he nor Mr Bain was prepared to provide interviews about future plans, life, or personal matters, Mr Karam told the Otago Daily Times.

Media interest had been strong all weekend since Mr Bain was acquitted on Friday of the murders of his parents and three siblings in 1994.

"We are not saving this up for anyone else," Mr Karam said.

He did, however, suggest the ODT ring him later in the week for a response.

Media commentator Wendyl Nissen told Newstalk ZB Mr Bain could make money through book and film deals for his story.

Mr Bain's story was the one everybody wanted to read, and she would not be surprised if he had already done a deal, judging by how the media were treated at the court on Friday.

Mr Bain kept out of the spotlight and really did not make any comment, almost as though he was saving it all for an exclusive, she said.

Mr Bain told the Sunday Star-Times the future was "a blank book" in which he had yet to start writing, but he would be taking a holiday to escape the attention and "find a bit of space to collect my thoughts".

He said he had no idea where he would live, or even if he would stay in New Zealand.

During the trial, he had not dared to think about what would happen afterwards, but now he was free to dream and plan.

A website, set up by friends to start a trust fund for Mr Bain, describes Mr Bain as "virtually penniless" and says he needs a "kick-start to give him the opportunity to establish a future and find himself a permanent home".


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