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New support for convicted child killer Folbigg

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New support for convicted child killer Folbigg
Kathleen Folbigg appears via video link during a convictions inquiry at the NSW Coroners Court, Sydney, in May, 2019.
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Sixty-six fellows and distinguished fellows of the Royal Society of NSW have joined a growing body of scientists calling for the pardon and release of convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg.
Folbigg is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for the murder of three of her children, and the manslaughter of a fourth.
The fellows, led by the society's president, Professor Ian Sloan, have signed a letter to the Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley, and the NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman, backing an earlier petition lodged on Folbigg's behalf in early March.

New support for convicted child killer Folbigg

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New support for convicted child killer Folbigg
Kathleen Folbigg appears via video link during a convictions inquiry at the NSW Coroners Court, Sydney, in May, 2019.
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Sixty-six fellows and distinguished fellows of the Royal Society of NSW have joined a growing body of scientists calling for the pardon and release of convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg.
Folbigg is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for the murder of three of her children, and the manslaughter of a fourth.
The fellows, led by the society's president, Professor Ian Sloan, have signed a letter to the Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley, and the NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman, backing an earlier petition lodged on Folbigg's behalf in early March.

Sydney News: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen resigns in face of sexual assault accusation

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Sydney News: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen resigns in face of sexual assault accusation
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Deputy Premier asks MP to resign
Yesterday, Labor MP Trish Doyle used parliamentary privilege to raise the allegations of misconduct in the Blue Mountains but did not name Mr Johnsen.
He later identified himself and strongly denied the claims.
Mr Barilaro said in light of the police investigation into the matter he sought Mr Johnsen's resignation from his role as Parliamentary Secretary yesterday.
Mr Johnsen also agreed to no longer sit in Nationals Party Room nor Joint Party Room while the investigation is underway.

Sinister detail in baby killer's diary

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by Candace Sutton
 
"Manipulative" is how prison officers once described Kathleen Megan Folbigg, the convicted serial baby killer who has just cost the state of NSW millions trying - and failing - to prove her innocence.
Behind bars in the country's toughest maximum security women's prison, Folbigg would manipulate other female inmates and try mental tricks with the prison officers.
As Australia's worst female serial killer, and a killer of babies, Folbigg endured a status as the most reviled type of offender and always claimed "I didn't do it".
Unsurprisingly, behind bars this familiar assertion doesn't cut the mustard.

Kathleen Folbigg loses appeal against 2019 judicial inquiry findings

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Convicted baby killer Kathleen Folbigg has lost her bid to overturn the findings of a judicial inquiry that confirmed she was guilty of killing her four children, and has been ordered to pay the NSW Attorney-General’s costs.
The NSW Court of Appeal on Wednesday found there was “no error of law” demonstrated by the Honourable Reginald Blanch AM, QC, whose 2019 judicial inquiry reinforced Folbigg’s guilt for the murders of Patrick, Sarah and Laura, and the manslaughter of Caleb.
A younger Kathleen Folbigg and her children (clockwise): Patrick, Sarah, Caleb and Laura.
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The children were all aged between 19 days and 18 months old when they died suddenly in the family’s Newcastle home over a 10-year period between February 1989 and March 1999, and post-mortems were unable to establish what caused them to stop breathing.

Notorious serial baby killer learns fate

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24th Mar 2021 9:54 AM
 
A court has knocked back a last-ditch bid from jailed mother Kathleen Folbigg to contest her 2003 convictions for killing her four infant children.
The NSW Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday morning there was an "ample basis" for a recent inquiry to conclude there was no reasonable doubt surrounding Folbigg's guilt.
Folbigg was convicted in 2003 of murdering her babies Patrick, Sarah and Laura and of the manslaughter of her 19-day-old son Caleb in four separate incidents over a decade, starting in 1989.
She maintains her innocence.
In 2019 Justice Reginald Blanch heard an inquiry into Folbigg's convictions, considering whether new medical developments pointed to her exoneration.

Child murderer Kathleen Folbigg LOSES bid for freedom

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Kathleen Folbigg, jailed for killing her four children, has failed to get dismissed a former senior judge's report that concluded her guilt was 'even more certain' following a special review.
Former NSW District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch QC in 2019 found significant investigations had failed to find a reasonable natural explanation for any of the deaths of Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura, who all died before their second birthday in the decade to 1999.
Folbigg's own explanations and behaviour in respect of her diaries, which weren't available in any of the mother's criminal appeals, made 'her guilt of these offences even more certain', Mr Blanch concluded.

Child-killer Kathleen Folbigg loses Supreme Court appeal

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Child-killer Kathleen Folbigg loses Supreme Court appeal
Child-killer Kathleen Folbigg's 18-year fight to clear her name has been dealt yet another blow, with her guilt confirmed by one of our top courts.
Folbigg, 53, appealed after the Honourable Reginald Blanch, QC, ruled the evidence heard in a 2019 judicial inquiry made "her guilt of these offences even more certain".
Today that decision was upheld, with three Supreme Court judges ruling there was an ample basis for that decision.
Kathleen Folbigg leaving Maitland Court in 2004.(Anita Jones/Nine)
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Folbigg was jailed in 2003 for at least 25 years for killing her four babies - Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura - in the decade from 1989.

'It's discrimination': Marriage visa travel ban causing 'large amounts of misery', Aussies say

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'It's discrimination': Marriage visa travel ban causing 'large amounts of misery', Aussies say
Perth emergency doctor Andrew Lowe has seen three of his planned wedding dates come and go in the past 18 months.
When he and his fiancée Richa, a teacher from India, first applied for a prospective marriage visa almost two years ago in June 2019 they had hoped to get married in a year.
"We were going to do a small wedding here and a big wedding in India," he told nine.com.au.
"Originally, we planned the date for August 2020, then December 2020, and finally in March this year … but that has all gone out the window now and we have no idea what will happen."

Baby-killer Kathleen Folbigg's appeal bid fails

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Convicted baby-killer Kathleen Folbigg has lost her bid to overturn the findings of a judicial inquiry that reinforced her guilt over the deaths of her four young children.
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A jury found Kathleen Folbigg guilty of the manslaughter or murder of her four children in 2003
The court heard "there was an ample basis" for the inquiry to find there was no reasonable doubt as to Folbigg's guilt
Folbigg's legal team argued the judge misinterpreted expressions of guilt in her diary
Folbigg has also been ordered to pay the Attorney-General's costs.
The 53-year-old was sentenced to at least 25 years jail in 2003 over the manslaughter of her first child Caleb and the murder of three others, Sarah, Patrick and Laura.

Serial baby killer Kathleen Folbigg loses last-ditch bid to contest convictions

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Serial baby killer Kathleen Folbigg loses last-ditch bid to contest convictions
24 Mar, 2021 12:41 AM
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By: Lane Sainty
An Australian court has knocked back a last-ditch bid from jailed mother Kathleen Folbigg to contest her 2003 convictions for killing her four infants.
The NSW Court of Appeal today upheld the findings of a recent inquiry that concluded Folbigg's guilt was reinforced, not diminished, by a review of the evidence.
Folbigg, who appeared via video link from prison, did not react as her latest bid to fight the convictions was knocked back in a matter of seconds.
She has been imprisoned for 18 years and maintains her innocence. An increasingly prominent group of people argue she has been the victim of an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Australian mom convicted of killing 4 children loses appeal


Australian mom convicted of killing 4 children loses appeal
by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press
Posted Mar 24, 2021 12:17 am EDT
Last Updated Mar 24, 2021 at 12:28 am EDT
CANBERRA, Australia — A woman convicted of smothering her four children over a decade lost an appeal in a Sydney court on Wednesday against an inquiry’s conclusion that her victims had not died of natural causes.
A growing number of scientists say Kathleen Folbigg is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, though many others consider the series of deaths too tragic to be bad luck alone.
The New South Wales state Court of Appeal dismissed her application for a review of a judge’s ruling that “makes her guilt of these offences even more certain.”

Child-killer Kathleen Folbigg's conviction reinforced after losing judicial appeal

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Child-killer Kathleen Folbigg's conviction reinforced after losing judicial appeal 24/03/2021|1min
Convicted child-killer Kathleen Folbigg has failed in her bid to challenge a judicial review which reinforced her convictions.
She launched legal action in the Court of Appeal to overturn the outcome of the 2019 inquiry after spending nearly two decades behind bars over the deaths of her four babies.
All of her children died before their second birthdays over a ten-year period from 1989.
Her lawyers failed to convince the court the initial investigation should have considered whether the deaths were from natural causes.
Ms Folbigg is now being called upon to pay the government's legal costs for the appeal process.

Australian woman convicted of killing her 4 children loses appeal

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Kathleen Folbigg appears via video link during a convictions inquiry at the New South Wales Coroner's Court in Sydney on May 1, 2019. (File photo: AP/Joel Carrett, AAP)
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SYDNEY: A woman convicted of smothering her four children over a decade lost an appeal in a Sydney court on Wednesday (Mar 24) against an inquiry’s conclusion that her victims had not died of natural causes.
A growing number of scientists say Kathleen Folbigg is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, though many others consider the series of deaths too tragic to be bad luck alone.

Statement from Australian Academy of Science - Kathleen Folbigg

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There are medical and scientific explanations for the death of each of Kathleen Folbigg’s children.
Today the NSW Court of Appeal has dismissed Kathleen Folbigg’s appeal, which requested that the findings of the Commissioner of the 2019 inquiry be overturned.
The appeal reviewed the legal processes undertaken by the Inquiry but did not consider an assessment of the scientific evidence available since the Inquiry.
The incorrect conclusions about the genetics evidence found by the Commissioner of the 2019 inquiry, were adopted by the NSW Court of Appeal in their conclusion today. The Europace peer reviewed scientific paper , which validates the findings of the mutation in Sarah and Laura Folbigg, displaces the findings and non-scientific reasoning at the Inquiry.

Australian mother convicted of killing her four children loses appeal

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Folbigg, who has continuously denied any wrongdoing, filed an appeal against claims that her children did not die of natural causes. The appeal, which included a petition signed by 91 scientists, doctors, and other relevant professionals, has been denied.
53-year-old Folbigg was convicted over the manslaughter of her first child, Caleb, and the murder of her three others, Sarah, Patrick and Laura in 2003.
Each child, aged between 19 days and 18 months, all died suddenly in their home over the course of 10 years. Postmortem examinations could not determine the causes of death for all four children.
According to ABC, an inquiry was ordered into Folbigg's conviction after her legal team argued that the children could have died of natural causes, as two of the babies had a genetic mutation that could have led to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Sydney News: Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen resigns in face of sexual assault accusation


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Yesterday, Labor MP Trish Doyle used parliamentary privilege to raise the allegations of misconduct in the Blue Mountains but did not name Mr Johnsen.
He later identified himself and strongly denied the claims.
Mr Barilaro said in light of the police investigation into the matter he sought Mr Johnsen's resignation from his role as Parliamentary Secretary yesterday.
Mr Johnsen also agreed to no longer sit in Nationals Party Room nor Joint Party Room while the investigation is underway.

Child murderer Kathleen Folbigg could walk FREE

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Kathleen Folbigg, jailed for killing her four children, will learn on Wednesday if a former senior judge was right to conclude her guilt was 'even more certain' following a special review.
Former NSW District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch QC in 2019 found significant investigations had failed to find a reasonable natural explanation for any of the deaths of Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura, who all died before their second birthday in the decade to 1999.
Folbigg's own explanations and behaviour in respect of her diaries, which weren't available in any of the mother's criminal appeals, made 'her guilt of these offences even more certain', Mr Blanch concluded.

Sydney News: Convicted child-killer Kathleen Folbigg appeal judgment due

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A decision is expected today on Kathleen Folbigg's appeal against a review that reinforced her convictions for killing her babies in the NSW Hunter Valley. 
Folbigg went to the Court of Appeal seeking to quash the 2019 outcome of a judicial inquiry by retired District Court Judge Reginald Blanch.
She has spent 18 years in jail after being convicted of killing her four babies — Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura — over a decade. 
A recently released 14-page petition to the Governor of New South Wales, signed by 90 medical practitioners and science leaders, called for her immediate pardon and release.

Kathleen Folbigg: Genetics may help free Australian woman convicted of killing her 4 babies

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Genetics may free a woman convicted of killing her 4 babies and help other parents explain the unexplainable
Updated 12:30 AM ET, Sat March 20, 2021
(CNN)Kathleen Folbigg has spent the past 18 years in prison for one of the most horrific crimes imaginable: killing all four of her babies.
But new scientific evidence suggests that's not what happened.
Genomic testing shows at least two of the Australian's babies likely died from a previously undiscovered genetic mutation that led to heart complications -- meaning she may have been wrongfully imprisoned for almost two decades.
The finding has prompted 90 scientists -- including two Australian Nobel Laureates -- to ask the governor of New South Wales to pardon Folbigg and let her walk free. If that happens, Folbigg's case will be one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian history.

Letters to the editor: Did Kathleen Folbigg really kill her four children?

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Letters to the editor: Did Kathleen Folbigg really kill her four children?
15 Mar, 2021 04:00 PM
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The judicial process gave weight to circumstantial evidence over scientific evidence. Photo / File
Whanganui Chronicle
Assumptions contribute to our daily decisions; they also inform the opinions we develop and communicate to others.
Basing an assumption on knowledge previously gained can be lifesaving. Assuming a speeding car will not slow down
prevents an individual from stepping off the curb.
Assumptions can also prevent the required cognition occurring that enhances the potential for drawing valid conclusions.
In Australia in 2003 Kathleen Folbigg was jailed for 30 years for the killing of her four children.

Scientists Say Convicted Serial Killer Is Innocent

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The name Kathleen Folbigg may not be familiar to Americans, but it surely is to Australians. The 53-year-old is known as the nation's "worst female serial killer"...

Rwanda Police Arrests Two With 630kgs Of Smuggled Minerals

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Police in Ngororero District, on Friday March 12, impounded a vehicle–Toyota Land Cruiser plate number RAC 251G–in Ndaro Sector loaded with 630kgs of smuggled coltan and cassiterite minerals.
Two people, who were on board the vehicle; the driver identified as Silver Murekeyimana, 31, and one Alexis Ngaboyishema, 49, the suspected rightful owner of the minerals, were arrested in the process.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said the smugglers were arrested following a tip-off from residents.
“At around 6pm, Police in Ndaro Sector received information that Ngaboyishema, a suspected illegal mineral dealer, was loading minerals in the vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser plate number RAC 251G. An operation was planned and the vehicle was intercepted shortly after in Gasave Village, Bijyojyo Cell transporting 630kgs of coltan and cassiterite,” CIP Karekezi explained.

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