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How will Kathleen Folbigg's release affect public perception of criminal justice in Australia?

How will Kathleen Folbigg’s release affect public perception of criminal justice in Australia?

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Australian mother Kathleen Folbigg released from prison after being pardoned

After serving 20 years of a 25-year sentence, Kathleen Folbigg has been released from prison after being unconditionally pardoned by the New South Wales attorney general, Michael Daley. Folbigg was convicted in 2003 of murdering three of her children and the manslaughter of one child. However, a recent inquiry led by former state chief justice Thomas Bathurst revealed that there was reasonable doubt as to her guilt for each of the offenses. While the pardon does not erase her convictions, the findings could lead to them being quashed in the court of criminal appeal.

The tragic case of Kathleen Folbigg

Folbigg has always maintained her innocence, and now new evidence shows that her two daughters and she carry a rare genetic variation, and her son may have died from an underlying neurogenetic disorder. Bathurst advised that there was a reasonable possibility that three of the children died of natural causes, and in the case of Sarah and Laura Folbigg, there was a reasonable possibility that a genetic mutation known as CALM2-G114R occasioned their deaths. Daley has said that it is a tragic case and that they have lost four little babies, a husband and a wife who lost each other, and a woman who has spent 20 years in jail.

The public perception and possible compensation

While there is general happiness for Folbigg’s release, some think that the public opinion of her is irreparably damaged. Some people blame her for the deaths of her children, which is not an easy thing to recover from. While Folbigg’s supporters are calling for significant compensation for her loss, Daley says that they will take the issue of compensation to the state government when the final report is completed.

Lessons from Kathleen Folbigg’s case

This case is a grim reminder that sometimes, even in criminal justice, mistakes can be made. The inquiry, led by Bathurst, was able to identify flaws in the original case against Folbigg that most likely would have resulted in a different outcome if discovered earlier. Such flaws can lead to wrongful convictions that rob people of their freedom when there is reasonable doubt as to their guilt. This case should prompt legal changes that ensure that future trials are more comprehensive and include all relevant information before a verdict is reached.


Folbigg’s release is a triumph for her supporters who have fought tirelessly for her freedom. However, it is a tragedy that it took this long to resolve the flaws in her case. The case reinforces the need for the criminal justice system to be thorough and transparent, especially when convicting someone for a crime as severe as murder. It is also essential to note that even when there is reasonable doubt, the public may already have their perceptions about a person’s culpability.


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