The David Bain murder trial was cut short today after a jury member got ill.
The end of the Crown case in the David Bain murder retrial is in sight, the High Court at Christchurch was told yesterday.
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.
David Bain could not explain why his fingerprints were on the rifle used to kill his family, the officer who arrested Bain on June 24, 1994, has told the High Court at Christchurch.
The High Court has set aside all day for legal argument on the 40th day of the trial of David Bain on charges of murdering five members of his family in Dunedin in 1994.
David Bain will not give evidence in his defence at his trial on charges of murdering five members of his family in Dunedin in 1994.
A defence allegation that police tampered with the crime scene in Stephen Bain's bedroom was not supported by the photographic evidence, a police expert in forensic imaging said yesterday.
Although David Bain told police he saw only the bodies of his parents the morning five of his family were shot, he later told a Dunedin High Court jury he had remembered seeing the others.
Photographic expert Simon Schollum has given evidence the photographic evidence doesn't support the defence allegation of police tampering with the scene in Stephen Bain's bedroom.
Margaret Bain had become involved in "New Age things", believed in previous lives and thought she was related to Winston Churchill and the rulers of Egypt, a former family friend told the High Court at Christchurch yesterday.
If fingerprints he found on David Bain's rifle had been put there six months before the gun was used to shoot the Bain family on June 20, 1994, they would have been destroyed by the way the weapon was handled that day, police fingerprint expert Kim Jones told the High Court at Christchurch yesterday.
Less than four months after an unfavourable Education Review Office (ERO) report on the Taieri Beach School, 15 of the 16 areas had been brought up to compliance standard, the High Court at Christchurch heard yesterday.
A suggestion Margaret Bain was worried her husband was so depressed he might get a gun and shoot the whole family was not something she had ever heard, one of Margaret's sisters said yesterday.
If fingerprints found on David Bain's rifle had been placed there six months before the June 20, 1994, shootings of his family, subsequent handling of the weapon would have destroyed them, police fingerprint expert Kim Jones said today.
A police fingerprint expert says a scientist he worked alongside must be mistaken about when and where a blood sample was taken from the rifle used in the killing of the Bain family.
David Bain wanted to walk alone at the funeral of his parents and siblings, wearing the brightly coloured jersey his mother, Margaret, had knitted for him.
On the morning he was arrested, David Bain told his uncle: ''I'll be glad when this is sorted out and I can live my life''.
DNA from Stephen Bain was found in blood taken from the socks, shorts and a T-shirt worn by David Bain the morning 14-year-old Stephen, his parents and sisters were shot, the High Court at Christchurch heard yesterday.
An ESR forensic scientist who found no blood on Robin Bain's shoes when he tested them in 1997 said he was not surprised more recent tests by a defence expert had identified Mr Bain's DNA in a stain said to be blood.
An ESR forensic scientist who found no blood on Robin Bain's shoes when he tested them in 1997, said today he was not surprised more recent tests by a defence expert had identified Mr Bain's DNA on one of the shoes.