It is no surprise to me that David Bain has received a favourable result from the Privy Council. It is patently obvious that he is a victim of injustice not necessarily on the basis of clear innocence, but on the basis of the principle that such a decision must be found 'without reasonable doubt'.
Should he have another trial? No way! It would cause an uproar and with the course of time and the prejudice now involved in the case, be impossible to get any level of clarity of objectivity into it.
Should he receive compensation? Absolutely. His life has been destroyed including his home, his hopes, his eductation, his reputation, his hopes of marriage and family. I say about 10 million dollars or there-abouts.
Should we be worried about our justice system? Absolutely. I am deeply concerned. The biblical principles of 2-3 witnesses as per Deut 19:15, I am deeply concerned. When one considers Peter Ellis, David Bain and serious doubts about Scott Watson; we have to ask whether our system is working. I believe we erred in leaving behind the Privy Council and this demonstrates why.
Central to our faith is the unjust conviction of the saviour of the world through faulty judicial system. We as Christians must work to ensure that this nation has a justice system that has very sound and impartial safeguards to ensure that the David Bain's of this world do not recur.
We need to pray for all involved; David Bain and the wider Bain family.
Another thought: Joe Karam is a modern day example of a man who will stand up against injustice and fight for a cause. I admired him as an All Black and I admire his resolute stand. He deserves a knighthood; woops, we have got rid of that too... a shame!