The jury in the trial of David Bain, who is accused of murdering five members of his family, will today consider its verdict.
David Bain was not a homicidal maniac or a psychopath and the police were too quick to accuse him of being the killer of five members of his family.
Perhaps the most significant comment David Bain made to friends after the murders of this family was that he always ended up hurting the ones he loved, Crown counsel Keiran Raftery said as he concluded the Crown's closing arguments at the retrial of David Bain this afternoon.
Robin Bain cleaned himself up before committing suicide because he did not want to "meet his maker" while in "a fearful state with blood all over him", the jury hearing David Bain's retrial for the murders of his family has been told.
Forensic evidence in the trial of 37-year-old David Bain gave a firm picture that Bain, not his father, killed his family, the High Court at Christchurch heard yesterday.
There was "not the slightest shred of forensic evidence" linking Robin Bain to the murders at the family's Every St home on June 20, 1994, the Christchurch jury hearing David Bain's retrial was told yesterday.
The Crown says the defence has made a fundamental change to its fingerprint evidence in the David Bain murder retrial in Christchurch.
The bullet that caused a fatal wound to the top of Laniet Bain's head passed through a fabric-covered object before it entered her skull, the High Court at Christchurch heard yesterday.
Laniet Bain was going to tell her family "everything" and make a clean start, according to a Dunedin man who fled the country to avoid giving evidence.
The David Bain murder trial is drawing to a close in the High Court at Christchurch with all evidence now completed - but the jury will not start considering its verdict until late next week.
Members of Margaret Bain's family say they were never told by a police officer that David Bain was "the enemy" and they were "going to get him".
Defence claim that David Bain's fingerprints on the rifle used to kill five of his family in 1994 were not in blood was the subject of rebuttal evidence from the Crown yesterday.
The difficulties of communicating with the other side of the world, even with the most modern technology, were highlighted in the Christchurch High Court today.
A warrant has been issued in the High Court for the arrest of Dunedin man Dean Cottle, alleged to have been Laniet Bain's "pimp" before her murder almost 15 years ago.
Marks on Robin Bain's right hand could have been made by a teenager's teeth, a retired oral and forensic dentistry specialist told the David Bain retrial jury yesterday.
A second pathologist called by the defence in the David Bain retrial has told the jury Robin Bain's head wound was consistent with suicide.
Seven months before her death, Laniet Bain told a Dunedin doctor it was going to be difficult to abstain from sex for four days as the doctor had advised her to do, the David Bain murder retrial jury heard yesterday.
A British fingerprint consultant called by the defence said he was unaware the defence in David Bain's trial was that Bain's fingerprints on the murder weapon were in animal blood and had been put there "years before".
The pathologist who carried out post mortems on Lady Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed in 1997 says the rifle which shot Robin Bain was touching or very close to his head.
An independent fingerprint consultant does not believe David Bain's fingerprints on his rifle were made with blood on his fingers.