The first in-depth interview with David Bain will be broadcast this Sunday (March 4) on 60 Minutes, 7.30pm on TV3.
David Bain was convicted of the murders of his parents, two sisters and brother in 1995. He served a 13-year jail sentence before the Privy Council ruled in May 2007 that there had been a substantial miscarriage of justice. In 2009, after a second trial, he was found not guilty.
In his first major television interview, Bain speaks frankly to 60 Minutes’ Melanie Reid about his life, the tragedy, and his daily struggle to lead a normal life.
“I struggle with it on a daily basis from the moment I wake up, because I find that I am reminded on a daily basis of the loss that has happened and what I don’t have in my life,” he says.
But, he also tells 60 Minutes: “I’m determined to be positive about where my life is going to go.”
The interview comes after Joe Karam’s latest book Trial by Ambush and as David Bain prepares to speak publicly for the first time about his experiences, during the International Justice Conference held in Perth (March 8-11), where he is a keynote speaker in a line-up that includes Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.
Melanie Reid visited Bain’s workplace on the outskirts of Auckland, and joined him in a new pastime, horse riding. She says the man she interviewed is very different to the David Bain who has been talked about in news reports for nearly two decades.
“David spoke in depth about his experience from his arrest to release, life in prison, the retrial and the love and grief he feels for his family,” she says.
“This is his story, a story that has never been heard.”
In the 60 Minutes interview, Bain reiterates his innocence, saying:
“The only thing I can say to everybody out there, and to all my friends, and the thing that I’ve constantly said is I wasn’t there…I am innocent. I did not kill my family.”
Asked how he coped with losing his family, Bain says:
‘I mean, thinking back over a lot of the circumstances that I found myself in I don’t know how I got through them.
“I can only thank my upbringing, my family, my Mum and Dad [who] helped us with our education, with our upbringing again, with university studies, and helped us become the people we are.
“And somewhere in there I guess was the learned strength and courage that they both had.”
The David Bain Interview, 60 Minutes, 7.30pm Sunday on TV3.