Thomas, who lives on a farm near Taupiri in the Waikato, previously lent his support to David Bain, whose convictions for the murder of his family were quashed by the Privy Council in 2007. New Zealand Public Interest Project trustee Nigel Hampton, QC, said cases like those of Bain and Watson showed there was a need for an independent body to be set up to review potential miscarriages of justice in New Zealand. A Criminal Cases Review Commission, similar to those set up in other countries, could examine cases to determine whether there were grounds for them to be looked at again, Hampton said. The constant debate surrounding the guilt or innocence of people like Watson and Bain was bad for the reputation of the justice system, which was something an independent body could help remedy, he said. "If you have constant headlines about people like Watson, October, Ellis and Bain, it undermines and gnaws away at public confidence in the system." "Why not set up a body that can study and objectively review the whole case and then come back with an authoritative answer."
See a backgrounder on the controversial Scott Watson case at the link below: "Watson still maintains his innocence, and says he never met Smart and Hope. "I don't know where Ben and Olivia are," he recently told North and South. "I've never met them, never seen them." "They definitely never came on my boat and I definitely didn't murder them. And they've basically dumped me in jail for half my lifetime, it must be coming up, for something I haven't done.""