David Bain supporters stifle free speech

This is just disgusting

An author claims David Bain supporters are using bullying tactics to stop bookshops selling his book, which proclaims Robin Bain innocent of the mass murder.

Mike Stockdale, 79, of Palmerston North, has self-published 200 copies of The Bain Killings: Whodunnit? at a cost of around $5000.

But the two bookshops that agreed to sell the book have pulled it after being told they were exposing themselves to prosecution.

The bookshops, along with Trade Me, had received complaints from supporters that the book had legal faults.

Otago University Book Shop manager Phillippa Duffy said she had taken legal advice before withdrawing the book.

“I am not in the habit of withdrawing books willy nilly,” she said. But The Bain Killings had not been legally vetted and it dealt with a “complex and contentious issue” and the legal advice had been not to continue to sell it.

The book has brought to the forefront an ongoing battle between the pro-David Bain and pro-Robin Bain factions in the contentious murder case.

David Bain was originally convicted of the 1994 murder of his parents and three siblings.

However, in a retrial in 2009, where it was suggested his father, Robin, had been the killer and had then committed suicide, David Bain was found not guilty.

Bain is now seeking compensation for his time spent in prison.

The spat over the book has led to considerable and pointed debate on Facebook and blog sites and in emails.

In one email, an opponent of the book stated: “Stockdale continues to prove himself to be an absolute fool, but there is a requirement that he does so, within the limits of the law and that he does not present mere opinion as his stated ‘true facts’.”

The book is published under Stockdale’s birth name, Michael Sharp.

Here’s the thing: ?if the book is problematic legally, they can take that up with the author. ?There is absolutely no reason to threaten book stores.

These are?just bully-boy stand-over tactics.

Even idiots are allowed to write books and publish them. ?And stores are allowed to stock and sell them.

If they have a problem, get an injunction organised instead of scaring book sellers into withdrawing it from sale.

There is a continuous erosion of free speech going on in this country, and not enough people can see the dangers this presents.


– David Lomas, Stuff