/ 25 March 2021

Folbigg appeal denied

Convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg’s bid to overturn the judicial inquiry findings that upheld her convictions in 2019 was denied yesterday. The 53yo has maintained her innocence despite her conviction in 2003 over her 4 infant children’s deaths between 1989 and 1999. Folbigg’s conviction was largely based on diary entries expressing her anxieties about motherhood – she says they were taken out of context. New scientific evidence revealed at least 2 of the children carried a mutant gene that may have contributed to their deaths. That new evidence led 90 top doctors and scientists to sign a petition calling for Folbigg’s release earlier this month. Yesterday, the NSW Court of Appeal found there was “no error of law” during the inquiry and that its conclusion that there was no natural explanation for the children’s deaths was not at odds with the scientific evidence. The scientists’ responded saying the court has got it wrong.

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