Bain off work after 'major operation'

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 05:00 28/06/2013
David Bain
Fairfax NZ
STILL FIGHTING: David Bain.
ROBIN BAIN: David's father.

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David Bain has undergone major surgery on a historical arm injury suffered when he fell from a horse, his Christchurch employer says.

"He came in at Christmas and said 'I've got to have an operation on the arm' and that's where he's been for the last two months. It was a major operation."

The surgery was covered by ACC, Bain's boss said.

He returned to work this week and was there briefly yesterday, but did not discuss new evidence suggesting his father, Robin Bain, murdered his family, the man said.

"We basically have a situation where this is work life and that's his problem and he doesn't bring it to work with him."

However, his colleagues were talking about the case yesterday.

"Everyone's hoping he gets his money."

David Bain, who lives in Christchurch with his fiancee, was convicted of the 1994 murders of his parents, two sisters and brother in their Dunedin home, but found not guilty at a retrial in 2009 after spending 14 years in prison. He has applied for compensation for wrongful imprisonment, a decision at the discretion of Cabinet.

Firearms and forensics experts this week told a TV3 programme that parallel smudges shown on police photographs of Robin Bain's hands were consistent with marks left when reloading a rifle magazine.

The "sooty" coloured marks appeared to be the same width as the .22 rifle magazine used in the shootings which, based on the shots fired, would have been reloaded during the murders, the experts said.

In two trials, the court heard the rifle was David Bain's and was kept in his room. Robin Bain's fingerprints were not found on the gun.

The Christchurch firm employed David Bain after they were approached by a local recruitment company.

"We took him on... and he's come on in leaps and bounds. He's a very, very good guy; he's a nice guy."

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