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Should David Bain get compensation?

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David Bain - who spent 13 years in prison for the murder of five family members before being acquitted in a retrial - has lodged a compensation claim that could cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

Justice Minister Simon Power received notification from Mr Bain's lawyers yesterday afternoon of a claim for "wrongful conviction and imprisonment".

Mr Bain's lawyer, Michael Reed, QC, last night told the Herald his legal team was "inviting dialogue with the minister" on a case he called "probably the worst miscarriage of justice in New Zealand history".

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