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The David Bain Murders : The Biggest New Zealand News Story 1994

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The biggest story in new Zealand in 1994 was the Bain family murders this was the murder of Margaret Bain (50), her daughters Arawa (19) and Laniet (18) and her son Stephen (14). Also found dead was the children’s father Robin Bain (58) . The call to 111 was made at 7:09 am by a seemingly very distressed David Bain (then 22) the oldest of the four children and the only survivor after he had returned from his early morning paper round.Four days after the murders David Bain was unable to attend his families funerals because he was charged with murders of his family. David Bain was charged and later sentenced to life imprisonment but released in 2007 because of a “miscarriage of justice“.From the outset many thought that Robin had killed his children and Margaret then committed suicide and spared David as Robin was considered to be very disturbed and had reportedly hit one of the students at the school where he was principal and published disturbing stories in the school newsletter one about a person murdering his family also Robin had a motive one friend told investigators that Laniet planned to confront her parents that weekend about an incestuous relationship she was having with her father.This evidence was dismissed on the grounds that it was considered unreliable .After that other friends of Laniet came forward with evidence of a relationship.There was some evidence to suggest that David was the killer although it is now regarded as shaky it was used to convict him. The most significant piece of evidence was his bloodstained white opera gloves found in Stephens room, there was also a bruise on David’s head that could have been caused in the struggle between Stephen and the killer. The gun used for the killings also belonged to David...

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