David Bain is in the news again; the Herald reports:
A confidential report on David Bain's claim for wrongful imprisonment concludes he is innocent of murdering his parents, brother and two sisters and recommends the Government pay him compensation.The case, which has divided New Zealand at every step, promises to do so again as the Cabinet decides whether to pay Mr Bain.He could be looking at a payout of close to $2 million for non-pecuniary losses such as liberty and emotional harm, and more for pecuniary losses such as loss of livelihood, in compensation for the almost 13 years he spent in prison.Those figures are based on the formula the Cabinet used for non-pecuniary losses in its last compensation payment, made in April last year.But compensation is by no means certain and the Government has no obligation to pay it.Mr Bain was described as "penniless" by his lawyer, Michael Reed, QC, when the application for compensation was lodged in March 2010.Most legal experts at the time thought Mr Bain would find it difficult to meet the criteria for a compensation payment.Last week, Justice Minister Judith Collins said she had received the report of retired Canadian Supreme Court judge Ian Binnie and would meet him about it soon.She said she would not release his report until the Cabinet decided whether to pay compensationBut the Herald has learned Justice Binnie believes that on the balance of probabilities, Mr Bain is innocent.
The burning question this morning now seems to be this; who has leaked the contents of Justice Ian Binnie's report to the media?
To answer that, we pose another question; who has a vested interest in the David Bain case? And has a copy of the report been sent to Bain's legal team? If that is the case, we wonder if that is suspicion rests.