I guess we'll all get a bit caught up in the hype of the David Bain murder trial as the jury is sent out to deliberate on its verdicts. But at least we can niow freely express our opinions, safe in the knowledge that it is highly unlikely now that members of the jury will see what we are saying.
Like most people, we have our opinion as to David Bain's gult or innocence. We reckon he did it. But we are far less certain that this jury, given all the questioning of the original verdict that has taken place over the intervening years, will find against David Bain.
We expected the Crown's case against Bain to be in tatters this time around. It was not; in fact, if anything, it was stronger than we remember. Having not heard all the evidence, we freely admit that our opinion is highly speculative. We note however that from internet coverage of Justice Pankhurst's summing-up and direction to the jury, he has left them to ponder this question:
Why would Robin Bain wear gloves to murder the family if he was going to kill himself and announce himself the murderer with a note left on the computer?
We also found it interesting that Justice Pankhurst specifically directed the jury to ignore Bain's counsel's comments yesterday about Bain being lonely and penniless, directing them not to be swayed by sympathy and to focus solely on the evidence.
The jury is out now - all we can do is wait, and exchange thoughts. What way do you lean?
UPDATE: Stuff's coverage of Justice Pankhurst's summing-up is here, and the Herald's coverage is here
Meanwhile, the jury has retired for the night, after asking the jdge a question which is suppressed