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David Bain's Second Trial For Murder Of Family Starts Today

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Wellington, March 6 NZPA - David Bain faces his second trial today for the 1994 murder of his parents and three siblings in their Dunedin home.

Bain, now 36, was sentenced to life imprisonment and served 12 years of his 16-year non-parole term after a jury in the High Court at Dunedin found him guilty on all five charges of murdering his family.

Two years ago, the London-based Privy Council quashed Bain's convictions for murder and ordered a retrial, ruling a substantial miscarriage of justice had taken place.

The retrial will take place in the High Court at Christchurch and today a jury will be empanelled to hear the case which is expected to last until May.

Yesterday trial judge Justice Graham Panckhurst relaxed an earlier ruling on the issue of internet video coverage of the trial.

During Bain's original three-week trial in Dunedin in 1995, no cameras of any kind were allowed in the courtroom.

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