Bain se­quel: The jour­nal­ist and the judge

The Press - - Front Page - MARTIN VAN BEYNEN

‘‘We were re­ally work­ing in the dark . . .’’ Black Hands ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ka­mala Hay­man

An 11th bonus episode of The Press’ Black Hands has been re­leased in the wake of the pod­cast se­ries’ run­away in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

The 10-part se­ries ex­am­ines New Zealand’s most con­tro­ver­sial mur­ders – the shoot­ing of five mem­bers of the Bain fam­ily in their home in 1994 in Dunedin.

Since its re­lease in late July, Black Hands has had un­prece­dented in­ter­est, top­ping the pod­cast charts in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Bri­tain and Ire­land with more than 2.7 mil­lion down­loads.

The just-re­leased se­quel was recorded af­ter an RNZ in­ter­view with se­nior Cana­dian judge Ian Bin­nie and ad­dresses some of the points he made to in­ter­viewer Kim Hill. It specif­i­cally an­swers some of Jus­tice Bin­nie’s crit­i­cisms of jour­nal­ist and nar­ra­tor Martin van Beynen, pod­cast ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ka­mala Hay­man said.

‘‘When we set out to make the se­ries, we were re­ally work­ing in the dark in terms of the po­ten­tial au­di­ence. So the in­ter­na­tional re­ac­tion has been heart­en­ing and shows what a pow­er­ful medium pod­cast­ing has be­come,’’ she said.

The bonus 11th episode of Black Hands also con­sid­ers some of the de­vel­op­ments of the case not cov­ered in the first 10 episodes.

This in­cludes ex­am­in­ing the ad­vice Jus­tice Bin­nie gave the Gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing David Bain’s com­pen­sa­tion claim and his 2012 re­port which judged Bain in­no­cent on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties test.

Jus­tice Bin­nie’s re­port was re­jected as sub­stan­dard by the Gov­ern­ment and a sub­se­quent re­port in 2016 by for­mer Aus­tralian High Court judge Ian Cal­li­nan found Bain had not proved he was in­no­cent on the prob­a­bil­i­ties test.

The new episode of Black Hands looks at how these highly re­garded ex­perts reached such dif­fer­ent con­clu­sions on the same case.

Lis­ten also to find out what van Beynen thinks of be­ing com­pared by Jus­tice Bin­nie with In­spec­tor Javert, a char­ac­ter in Les Mis­er­ables de­scribed by Wikipedia as a ‘‘‘vil­lain­ous, but rather tragic’’ fig­ure known for a fa­nat­i­cal but ‘‘mis­guided and self-de­struc­tive’’ pur­suit of jus­tice.

Bain was found guilty of fa­tally shoot­ing his fam­ily – his fa­ther Robin Bain, 58, his mother Mar­garet Bain, 50, and his sib­lings Arawa, 19, Laniet, 18 and Stephen, 14 – af­ter a trial in 1995.

He main­tained his in­no­cence and for­mer All Black Joe Karam took up the cause which re­sulted in a new trial in 2009 at which Bain was ac­quit­ted.


Jus­tice Ian Bin­nie and se­nior Press re­porter Martin van Beynen, right.

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