Remember the Davies murders? Nah, neither can I

via NZ Herald

David Bain is starting afresh, beginning with his new name – William Davies.

Bain, who was acquitted of the murder of his family in 2009, has taken the surname of his wife Liz through a deed poll process.

His new name William David Cullen Davies is now officially recorded on his birth certificate, Fairfax reported. Before the change his full name was David Cullen Bain.

It is believed the couple, who have a young child, are moving to Australia to start afresh

Bain was first found guilty of the murder of his five family members – Robin, 58, Margaret, 50, Arawa, 19, Laniet, 18 and Stephen, 14 – in May 1995 and jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years. They were fatally shot on June 20, 1994 in their Dunedin home.

I can’t say he got away with it as he did serve most of his time.   But it’s a crime against his alleged victims for him to get to enjoy a life that he allegedly denied them.

Last year the Government agreed to make an ex gratia payment to Bain in the interests of bringing closure to the long-running claim. A full and final payment of $925,000 was accepted by Bain’s team.

For David to have been innocent, magic would have had to have occurred.   And a lot of it.


– NZ Herald

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