Trial by Ambush: The Prosecutions of David Bain

Author(s): Joe Karam

NZ Biography

At 7.09 a.m. on 20 June 1994, David Bain called emergency services and
reported finding his entire family of five dead. A year later he was
convicted of having murdered them in cold blood, with determination and
cunning. He was sentenced to life in prison. However, after 12 years of
public controversy, inquiries and appeals, on 10 May 2007 the Privy
Council concluded that a substantial miscarriage of justice had occurred
and accordingly quashed the convictions and ordered a retrial. For the
first time the background to this historic decision is laid bare. This
compelling new book explores why the miscarriage happened, just how
substantial it actually was and why it took 12 years to right this
dreadful wrong. When the evidence heard by both juries is on the table
and assimilated in logical fashion as Joe Karam has done in this
detailed narrative, the so-called controversy posed by the judge in his
summing up - 'Who did it? David Bain? Robin Bain?' - will be put to rest
once and for all.

Product Information

Never far from the public eye since kicking the All Blacks to victory at
Cardiff in 1972 as a 21-year-old, Joe Karam has been a public advocate
for David Bain since 1996. Karam was named by the New Zealand Herald in
2007 and TV3 in 2009 as one of their New Zealanders of the Year, and his
assertion that the first Bain trial was a travesty was vindicated by
the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and David's subsequent

General Fields

  • : 9781869508340
  • : HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
  • : HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
  • : February 2012
  • : 235x150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : February 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joe Karam
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : Very Good
  • : 448
  • : Colour photographs