…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Kathleen Folbigg to Be Freed from Prison
After spending 20 years behind bars, Kathleen Folbigg will be released from jail following a decision made by the NSW Attorney General, Michael Daley.
This comes after an inquiry found “reasonable doubt” regarding her guilt in the deaths of her four children.
New Genetic Evidence Raises Doubts
Counsel assisting the inquiry expressed doubt over Folbigg’s involvement in the deaths, leading to calls for her immediate release.
The Attorney General has concluded that there is reasonable doubt in each of the offenses she was convicted of, resulting in a free pardon and her release.
Controversial Case and Supporters
Folbigg, a mother of four, had been convicted in 2003 for the murder of her children Patrick, Sarah, and Laura, as well as the manslaughter of her first child, Caleb.
Despite maintaining her innocence throughout, she received a 30-year prison sentence.
The case faced scrutiny, and a second inquiry was initiated after new genetic evidence emerged.
Fresh Genetic Evidence and Inquiry
The scientific community advocated for a new inquiry following the discovery of genetic evidence that suggested a potential genetic mutation in the Folbigg children.
The inquiry, overseen by retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Bathurst KC, aimed to explore the possibility that the children died of natural causes.
Doubts Cast on Folbigg’s Guilt
In March 2021, expert medical evidence emerged that challenged Folbigg’s guilt.
It revealed that Sarah and Laura carried a genetic mutation, CALM2 G114R, which can lead to cardiac issues and sudden death.
This mutation was not found in Caleb and Patrick.
The discovery raised doubts about the initial conviction and contributed to the decision to release Folbigg.
Conclusion and Implications
The new evidence surrounding the genetic mutation CALM2 G114R has cast doubt on Kathleen Folbigg’s involvement in her children’s deaths.
As a result, she will be released from prison, with the NSW Attorney General acknowledging the reasonable doubt in her case.
This decision marks a significant turning point in the long-standing legal saga.
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