Laniet 'scared' of Bain

BY MARTIN VAN BEYNEN
Last updated 16:20 21/04/2009
NEW EVIDENCE: Joanne Dryden, a music teacher at Dunedin's Bayfield High in 1994 - where all the Bain children went to school - said she had taken Laniet under her wing at school and tried to mentor her.

Bain trial: Laniet 'scared' of Bain

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Evidence not previously heard in the Bain case says Laniet Bain was scared of her brother David.

Not only was Laniet Bain frightened of David but she was also scared of a family meeting David called for the night before the Bain murders, the High Court in Christchurch heard yesterday.

David Bain is charged with killing his parents and three siblings on 20 June, 1994.

Marcella Nader-Turner told the court she had seen Laniet outside the Playhouse Theatre about 1-2pm on the day before the murders.

She had been at school with Arawa and Laniet and they had chatted about general things outside the theatre where she was in rehearsals for the production Biograph Girl.

When they began to talk about family Laniet had become anxious and stressed. The conversation was along the lines of her disliking David and "how he was freaky and how she was scared of him".

He had called a family meeting for that night and if she did not go he was going to get her and take her "kicking and screaming" to the meeting if need be, Laniet had told her.

Her body language was quite extreme and hyper-vigilant, Nader-Turner said.

"Her face changed and she became quite intense."

Joanne Dryden, a music teacher at Dunedin's Bayfield High in 1994, where all the Bain children went to school, said she had taken Laniet under her wing at school and tried to mentor her.

Laniet struggled with her school work and herself, Dryden said. She was one of those students with many needs, Dryden said.

They had stayed in touch after Laniet left school and she had seen her on Sunday, 19 June, 1994, outside the Playhouse Theatre in Dunedin.

Dryden said she was the assistant music director of the play Biograph Girl playing at the theatre.

Laniet, who had been on her way to work at the museum, had been agitated and she said she had to go to a meeting at home that night and David would be picking her up by car.

She did not want to go and said she was "scared of David", Dryden told the court.

In cross examination by Helen Cull QC for the accused, she said in her previous statements she had recounted the meeting with Laniet by saying Laniet had been scared about going home with David to the meeting.

"She said David was taking her home for a family meeting and she was scared."

Kelly Gillian, who knew both David and his sisters Arawa and Laniet Bain, said he had met Laniet Bain as she was coming home from work on 19 June about 5pm.

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Laniet  had stopped to have a cigarette with him and others as they waited outside the Playhouse Theatre, Gillian said. He was the musical director of Biograph Girl.

His sister, who was also there, had wanted to catch up with Laniet but she said she had to go home to a meeting at home that night that David had called.

Both witnesses were interviewed by police after the decision to retry David Bain in 2007.

Dryden said she had limited contact with David Bain at school but had helped with choir and with a school production of The Sound of Music in which David had the lead role.

Nader-Turner said she had known David at school although he was four years older. He was alone "a lot of the time", she said.

- The Press

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