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The Bain case: a timeline

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/08/2016


* June 1994 - Five members of the Bain family found shot dead at their Dunedin home. David Bain charged with murder four days later

* 1995 - Bain convicted on five counts of murder following a trial in the High Court at Dunedin and jailed for at least 16 years

* 2007 - Privy Council concludes a substantial miscarriage of justice occurred. Convictions quashed and retrial ordered

* 2009 - Bain acquitted on all five counts of murder following a three-month trial

* 2012 - Canadian judge Ian Binnie concludes Bain innocent on the balance of probabilities, recommends compensation. A peer review says errors made it unsafe

* 2015 - Cabinet agrees to new inquiry on Bain's compensation claim. Former Australian High Court judge Ian Callinan QC appointed to look into the claim

* August 2016 - Government declines Bain compensation because he is not "innocent beyond reasonable doubt". A $925,000 payment is made because it has dragged on so long - and the government doesn't want further legal action.

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