The Herald reports:
David Bain was “disgusted” with the Australian judge for refusing to meet with him while considering his compensation bid for wrongful imprisonment.
Bain said his rights were “completely abused” by Justice Ian Callinan QC who made “extremely hurtful” comments in finding Bain did not prove his innocence “on the balance of probabilities” of killing five members of his family.
Justice Callinan didn’t refuse to meet him. Bain never asked for a meeting.
On the matter of whether David Bain should have been interviewed, Callinan said no request was ever made to him and “no ‘expectation’ that I do so was ever suggested to me”.
“Had any expectation on the part of [Bain] that he would be personally interviewed been communicated to me, I would have needed to consider whether that would be appropriate and helpful, having regard to several matters.”
These included whether to interview Bain in an inquisitorial way, if the Crown should cross-examine him, and if this would turn the process into a “de facto trial”.
There is thank goodness a final settlement in the case. Personally I think Bain has done pretty well getting almost a million dollars despite the finding that on balance of probabilities he was the killer.