Former Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie is fighting back after New Zealand’s minister of justice slammed his report into compensation for a man cleared in one of the country’s highest-profile murder cases.
Binnie was hired in 2011 by then-justice minister Simon Power to assess the compensation claim of David Bain, who was acquitted in 2009 at his second trial for the 1994 murders of his parents and three siblings. By that time, Bain had spent 13 years in prison following his conviction at the original trial in 1995.
Since compensation for prison time is normally reserved for those whose convictions were quashed or pardoned, Binnie was asked to decide whether Bain was entitled to claim compensation, and if so, how much. State broadcaster TVNZ reported Bain could be in line for a payout of up to NZ$2 million (C$1.65 million).