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Kathleen Folbig is doomed to get a second public inquiry amid scientific evidence


Nearly 20 years after she was found guilty of killing her four children, a new public inquiry into the Kathleen Folbig case will be conducted.

NSW Attorney General Mark Spickman said Wednesday that he made a recommendation to the governor following scientific discoveries regarding a genetic mutation that could have passed from Folbigh to her children.

Kathleen Folbigg

“It’s, anyway, a tragedy, you look at it. Whatever the outcome of the investigation, it is a tragedy. But it is clear that in the interests of justice, further public inquiry should be conducted, which will be open, transparent, fair and effective, ”Spickman said.

“It was a difficult decision, but in the end, I think there was no option but to have some chance to review Ms. Folbig, given how the scientific evidence came about and the nature of that scientific evidence.”


While Folbig’s attorneys asked for pardon from the New Wales government after discovering that a genetic mutation linked to sudden death in children had been found in her two daughters, Spickman said he believed a public inquiry was the best course of action.

The decision came a year later 90 medical practitioners and supervisors called on the government to pardon Folbig.

Recently, retired Chief Justice Thomas Bathurst of the CC will conduct what will be the second investigation into Folbigg’s role in the deaths of her children.

Folbig was convicted of killing her three babies Patrick, Sarah and Laurie and for the unintentional murder of her fourth child Caleb Gibson between 1989 and 1999.


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