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Kathleen Folbigg pardoned after 20 years in prison for killing four children

After 20 years in prison for the murder of four children, Kathleen Forbigg has been pardoned and released.

New South Wales Attorney General Michael Daley said at a packed media briefing that he had received preliminary findings from a recent investigation led by former Chief Justice Tom Bathurst.

He said Mr Bathurst had concluded that Mr Kathleen Folbig was firmly held to the view that there was a reasonable doubt about her guilt.

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Longtime friend and supporter Helen Cummings speaks out

Helen Cummings said she has not yet accepted the decision to release her dear friend from prison.

“I couldn’t get the smile off my face and at first I was in tears,” she said.

“There was a little bit of tension, he said, a lot of disappointment.”

It’s a shame it took 20 years to get here, she says.

She pointed to Emma Cunliffe’s book, “Murder, Medicine, and Motherhood” Released in 2011.

“There was enough suspicion about that book that I should have looked into the original trial,” she said.

“But they didn’t,” she said, adding that the past decade had been a waste.

Folbigg had experienced so many disappointments that he “didn’t allow himself to have hope”.

“It’s a long process, Helen, you can’t expect too much. I can’t,” she recalls being told by Ms. Forbigg, who was visiting the prison.

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Daly said he sought legal advice over the weekend and weighed his options carefully.

“His reason, I believe, establishes the kind of exceptional circumstances which greatly favor the granting of a gratuitous pardon.

“And in the interest of justice, Mr. Forbigg should be released from custody as soon as possible.”

Retired Chief Justice Tom Bathurst KC presided over the investigation into Kathleen Folbigg.()

The Attorney General said he had met with New South Wales Governor Margaret Beasley this morning and advised him to exercise his royal prerogative of mercy and grant the prisoners an unconditional pardon.

“Mr Forbig has now been pardoned,” he said.

Mr. Daley said Mr. Forbigg was notified last night.

He said he spoke to Craig Forbigg, the father of four children, to inform him of the decision.

“I’m still thinking of him today,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough day for him.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-06-05/kathleen-folbigg-attorney-general-provides-update/102440136 Kathleen Folbigg pardoned after 20 years in prison for killing four children

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