In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was convicted of killing her four children over a period of 10 years. Despite natural causes of death given for Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg, Ms Folbigg was convicted of smothering them to death. The basis for her convictions were the journals she wrote in during the 10-year period; they were used as evidence to suggest she admitted to killing her children. Ms Folbigg has been unsuccessful in overturning her convictions and has served 18 years in prison. In combination with leading forensic pathologists concluding natural causes of death for each of the children, new genetics evidence shows the infants had genetic defects that can explain further how they died. For the first time, Ms Folbigg’s journals are now being examined by experts who consider them to be unremarkable and contrary to the way in which they have been interpreted by the law to date.
There was reasonable doubt at the time of the conviction, now there is expert evidence that disproves murder. It is time the conviction is overturned and she is freed.
On Monday this week, the Attorney General, Michael Davies, issued an unconditional pardon and immediately released Ms Folbigg from prison. Ms Folbigg had been incarcerated for 20 years after being convicted for killing each of her four children. She has always maintained that she was innocent and had never harmed
On Wednesday, 31 June, Sue Higginson (Greens Party) made a motion in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament. The speech demonstrated the courage that our legislators require to do their job and seek genuine justice rather than hiding behind politics that allowing other to avoid making real decisions for
Fourteen academics from law faculties in universities of NSW have co-signed a letter for the Attorney General, Mr Michael Daley, to immediately release Ms Folbigg from prison pending the further steps that will be taken for her complete exoneration. The letter is reproduced in full below.
Table of Contents Sue Higginson, a member of the NSW Parliament for the Greens, has called on the Attorney General, the Hon. Michael Daley and the Premier, to ensure the immediate release of Kathleen Folbigg. Ms Higginson points out that he has the authority to do so in the light
Table of Contents Pardon and Parole Powers and Procedures in New South Wales This short paper has been prepared because some parliamentarians in New South Wales have indicated they do not understand the law as it relates to the exercise of the prerogative of mercy. Prerogative of Mercy Meaning One
Fourteen months after the request for a pardon was presented, the Governor of NSW, the Hon Margaret Beazley, has announced that a second inquiry would be held into the conviction of Kathleen Folbigg. This recommendation was made by the Attorney General, Mark Speakman who announced the inquiry yesterday in a