David Bain and Christchurch teacher engaged to wed
David Bain and fiancée Liz Davies (file/Cotswold School)
By 3 News online staff
Compensation or not, David Bain has something to smile about this week after proposing to his girlfriend.
Joe Karam, who campaigned for years to help free Mr Bain, says Mr Bain proposed to his Christchurch girlfriend Liz Davies on her birthday.
"I think it was on her birthday a couple of weeks ago that he popped the question and the family is delighted, as are all of their friends," Mr Karam told Radio New Zealand.
“It's very good news. I know Liz quite well, she's a lovely girl. David has known her for quite a few years and they've been an item for a couple of years,” he says.
Ms Davies is a primary school teacher at a school in Bishopdale and has apparently been proudly displaying her ring to colleagues.
Mr Bain, 40, is currently waiting to see if he will receive a compensation payout from the Government for the 13 years he served in prison for murder before being acquitted in 2009.
Mr Bain was convicted in 1995 of murdering the five members of his family in Dunedin, but his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council in 2007 on the grounds that a substantial miscarriage of justice had occurred.
A report on the possibility of compensation has been prepared for the Government by retired Canadian Supreme Court judge Ian Binnie. According to the New Zealand Herald, Justice Binnie concludes that Mr Bain is likely innocent.
Justice Minister Judith Collins says she will not release the report until Cabinet has made a decision on compensation.
While the Government is not bound to give Mr Bain anything, based on previous payouts the compensation for non-pecuniary losses as well as the loss of livelihood could reach as high as $2 million.
A man wrongly convicted of rape last year received $351,575 in compensation - $410 for every day he served, plus $15,000 for the police's "improper conduct".
A similar rate would see Mr Bain awarded $1.94 million.