Supporters IT is a distance of 798km from Dunedin to Christchurch Men's Prison and back - and supporter Lindsay Robertson would know.
"Stoked" was the only word an emotional Colin Withnall QC could get out following the not-guilty verdicts for David Bain yesterday.
A Dunedin man who was the subject of an arrest warrant to appear at the David Bain trial says he has lodged a complaint with the New Zealand Law Society about defence counsel Michael Reed QC.
The retrial of David Bain has cost the country more than $2.6 million in legal aid and costs to the police and the courts, and probably millions more if the hours various police, court and prosecution legal staff put in to the case are counted.
David Bain walked to the High Court at Christchurch yesterday for the 57th time since his second trial started.
With one arm wrapped around the shoulder of his great supporter Joe Karam, David Bain fought back tears outside the High Court at Christchurch today.
To get its not guilty verdicts, the David Bain defence team needed to provide grounds for reasonable doubt and a convincing villain.
A victory for David Bain yes, and his legal team led by Michael Reed, but the not guilty verdicts today were a triumph and vindication too for Joe Karam.
David Bain's original defence lawyer says he was confident his former client would be found not guilty, after crucial evidence was allowed before the jury for the first time.
David Bain has received more than $2.7 million in legal aid since his original trial.
Crown versus Bain was a trial that was in everyone's face. For three months, there has been no escape from it.
Key dates in the Bain case:- June 20, 1994 - David Bain's parents, Robin and Margaret, two sisters Laniet and Arawa and brother Stephen are shot and killed in their Dunedin home. Bain calls emergency services in a distraught state. June 24, 1994 - Bain is charged with five counts of murder. The following day the rest of his family are farewelled by 1000 mourners.
"Was it Robin, was it David?" - the question put to a High Court jury in Dunedin in 1995 was posed again in Christchurch yesterday before 12 jurors retired to begin their deliberations in the trial of 37-year-old David Cullen Bain.
The jury in the trial of David Bain, accused of murdering five members of his family in 1994, has retired for the night.
A 15 year trip was nearing its end and the jury was given an awesome responsibility to decide whether David Bain went home tomorrow, penniless but free, his defence lawyer said.
The man accused of murdering five members of his immediate family faces various scenarios, depending on the outcome of jury deliberations.
Top New Zealand lawyer Nigel Hampton QC believes that in the event of a hung jury in the David Bain retrial, a further trial would be likely.
The arrest warrant for a Dunedin man who was wanted as a witness in the David Bain retrial has been withdrawn.