Retrial for Bain

Freddy Kruger David Bain is to face a retrila for the murders of his family.

The Solicitor-General has ruled Freddy Kruger David Bain should face a retrial over the 1994 murders of five members of his family, describing it as "one of the most horrific cases in New Zealand's history".

[quote]"Guilt or innocence of an accused person is not decided by the media, or public opinion polls,"

"Those who attempt to usurp or other wise influence the trial risk facing a charge of contempt of court."[/quote]

And isn't that just the quote of the year, if only Helen Clark and Mallard would take heed over the Mercury Energy debacle.

Now back to Kruger Bain. The S-G has cited three main reasons for ordering a re-trial.

First, the Privy Council did not acquit Bain, and said its judgment made no comment at all on whether Bain was guilty or innocent.

Second, the Privy Council had the option of allowing Bain's appeal and recording a verdict of acquittal, but did not do so.

Third, the Privy Council ordered a retrial.

Police Association President Greg O'Connor also had some sensible comments, highly unusual from a unionist but hey, these one were good.

[quote]"A retrial is absolutely necessary.

"In fact so much of the case has been played out in the court of public opinion, influenced by sound bites and headlines, we believe there is a strong case for the trial to be televised. That way the public will have the opportunity to hear all the evidence in full, instead of select slices.

"We urge New Zealanders to take the time to examine all the evidence so they can see the whole picture for themselves, not just the selective pieces published in the media."[/quote]