Laniet was to tell of in­cest

David Bain’s sis­ter planned to re­veal to fam­ily her re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther, court hears

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David Bain’s sis­ter Laniet was plan­ning to ‘‘blow the whis­tle’’ on in­cest with her fa­ther and her pros­ti­tu­tion the week­end be­fore she and her fam­ily were killed, a court has been told.

Laniet Bain had in­tended to re­veal the facts in front of her fam­ily, but the High Court has heard that David Bain also wanted to meet the whole fam­ily that week­end.

A friend of Laniet, who can­not be named, told the Bain mur­der re­trial yes­ter­day that Laniet was ‘‘ner­vous but happy’’ when they met in Dunedin’s Oc­tagon on Thurs­day, June 16, 1994 — four days be­fore five of the Bain fam­ily were shot dead in their Dunedin home.

The friend said Laniet, 18, told her she had quit be­ing a pros­ti­tute and ‘‘that she was go­ing home that week­end to blow the whis­tle on her be­ing a sex worker . . . and that she had been hav­ing an in­ces­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther’’.

She agreed with pros­e­cu­tor Cameron Man­der that Laniet also told her that David wanted to meet the whole fam­ily that week­end. Laniet did not know why that was.

Bain, 37, is on trial for the mur­der of his par­ents and three sib­lings.

His de­fence team ar­gue that his fa­ther Robin, 58— fear­ful of the in­cest be­ing ex­posed — shot dead the fam­ily be­fore turn­ing the ri­fle on him­self.

Laniet’s friend told the court they lived in the same Dunedin board­ing house in late 1993. Laniet told her she was work­ing as a pros­ti­tute and had been a vic­tim of in­cest.

She was work­ing in the sex in­dus­try be­cause her par­ents would not sign a form that would al­low her to col­lect the youth ben­e­fit, the friend said.

Laniet also told her she had been raped at 10 years old by a fam­ily friend when liv­ing in Pa­pua New Guinea.

She said she had had a baby as a re­sult, and showed her friend a pho­to­graph of a ‘‘white-ish’’ child that had ‘‘Laniet’s hair’’.

The wit­ness said she saw Laniet naked once when liv­ing to­gether, and no­ticed she had stretch marks down her stom­ach.

Pre­vi­ous wit­nesses have stated that Laniet told them she had given birth to a ‘‘black’’ baby in Pa­pua New Guinea, and had had an abor­tion.

The friend said Laniet had been black­mailed by a man named Dean Cot­tle over the knowl­edge of her work as a pros­ti­tute, and forced to have sex with him at least once a week and do ‘‘hor­ri­ble and graphic things’’.

Laniet was a heavy cannabis user and craved af­fec­tion, she said.

The friend said she was very sur­prised to learn that Laniet had lived for a pe­riod be­fore the killings with her fa­ther at a school house at Taieri Mouth, be­cause she did not like be­ing around her fa­ther.

An­other wit­ness, Linda Miller, told the court that in 1993 and 1994 she was work­ing in Dunedin mas­sage par­lours and got to know Laniet as ‘‘an­other work­ing girl’’.

Laniet was dis­tressed about an in­ces­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther — ‘‘that he was rap­ing her ba­si­cally’’, Ms Miller said.

Sean Clarke, a friend of David Bain, told the court via video link from Eng­land that in May 1994 Laniet wanted to move out of the school house be­cause she could not stand what her fa­ther was do­ing to her any more.

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