Inquiry Into Convictions Of Serial 'Baby Killer' Kathleen Folbigg 'Reinforces Guilt'
An inquiry into Kathleen Folbigg's convictions for killing her four babies has reinforced her guilt, a former NSW District Court chief judge has found.
Reginald Blanch QC, who presided over the inquiry, has concluded he does not have "any reasonable doubt as to the guilt of Kathleen Megan Folbigg", in a report made public on Monday night.
The 51-year-old mother was jailed in 2003 for at least 25 years for killing her four babies - Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura - in the decade from 1989.
The inquiry took place after Folbigg's lawyers lodged a petition in 2015 casting doubt on some of the evidence that led to her conviction.
"I hope that the conclusion of the inquiry, and the report's findings, might provide comfort in some way to the relatives of Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura, and will dispel community concern regarding Ms Folbigg's convictions," NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said in a release on Monday.
Blanch concluded in his report that “the investigations of the Inquiry have … produced evidence that reinforces Ms Folbigg’s guilt” and that he does not have “any reasonable doubt as to the guilt of Kathleen Megan Folbigg for the offences of which she was convicted”.
It was during the 1990s when 20-day-old Caleb, eight-month-old Patrick, 10-month-old Sarah and 18-month-old Laura died in the Hunter Region of NSW.
Post-mortems reportedly failed to establish why each child died suddenly and unexpectedly due to “cessation of breathing”.
While Folbigg has maintained her innocence, she was sentenced to 40 years’ jail for the manslaughter of her first child Caleb and the murder of the three infants: Patrick, Sarah and Laura.