Describe and evaluate the New Zealand Criminal Justice system
1. David Baigne
On June 20 1994, horrified New Zealanders awoke to the news of the Bain family murders. Five people had been shot as they lay sleeping at 65 Every Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin. The news bulletins said one family member had survived and as yet, no one had been charged. New Zealand got its second big shock that week, when police arrested 22-year-old David Bain, and charged him with killing his family.
Prior to the jury’s retirement, they and Justice Williamson heard from Bain's counsel Michael Guest, that Bain still protested his innocence. He said psychiatrists had found no significant factors indicating Bain had an antisocial personality. There was no history of violence or aggression. Mr Guest said Bain could not remember killing his family and still denied responsibility.
Crown counsel Bill Wright said five premeditated, planned and cold-blooded murders occurred. He said Bain attempted to conceal his crimes by incriminating his father, had displayed no remorse for what he had done nor any regret at losing his family.
Both Mr Guest and Mr Wright asked the judge to make permanent suppression orders over some evidence not allowed from proposed witnesses, for both the Defence and the Crown.
Michael Guest was David’s defence council.
The sentence Detective Chief Inspector Peter Robinson, officer in charge of the Baine murder’s investigation.
Justice Williamson, presiding judge at David Bain’s High Court trial.
Stephen O'Driscoll, David Bain's current lawyer, replacing Michael Guest.
Joe Karam, former All Black and David Bain's most proactive supporter.
Kim Jones, police fingerprint expert.
Wayne Idour, former police officer and defence private investigator. And many more.
Bain was sentenced to life imprisonment on 21 June 1995, a year and a day after the murders. Justice Williamson told him he would remain in prison for a...