Keli Lane to apply for bail
, Feb 28 2013 06:13 AM
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:13 AM
CONVICTED baby killer Keli Lane will today apply for bail ahead of her appeal against her jailing for the murder of her daughter Tegan.
The former champion water polo paper was found guilty in December 2010 of murdering the two-day old girl shortly after they left Auburn Hospital on September 14, 1996.
The Supreme Court jury were told Lane had five secret pregnancies- Tegan, another two children who were adopted out and two terminations.
Lane, 37, has always maintained she gave Tegan to her father, man called Andrew Norris or Morris with whom she had a brief affair, but neither he or the child have ever been found.
- See more at: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/conv...h.Po6ACvqL.dpuf
Personally, if she has been found guilty then I think she needs to serve the time.
I cannot understand why if the man was given the baby, he didn't approach police via a lawyer and say so.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:13 AM
I've always felt uneasy about this verdict. I'm glad it's being appealed. If an appeal has been granted, she's legally able to apply for bail.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:16 AM
This case has always made me feel uneasy as well.
Many woman have done similar, hidden pregnacies, given birth and then in an act of desperation murdered them.
They have been given more compassion and understanding of their mental distress and feelings of desperation that Kelli has been given.
Her adopting out later children and aborting pregnacies certainly implies she certainly did not want to be or was mentally incapable of motherhood.
I suppose that her never confessing to the murder means that her defense team could not claim mental impairment. Meaning a more harsher sentence was given.
So why didint she confess?
Perhaps she is innocent?
Perhaps she was so mentally unwell she genuinely thought she gave this baby to its father?
was she in a episode of post natel psychosis?
Yeah this case makes me feel uneasy.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:23 PM
This has long struck me as a very unusual case where nowhere near enough information is known to give a verdict either way - and the gaoling of a woman who at worst murdered her baby amidst the depths of mental illness and who at best simply gave her child to her other parent - seems very wrong.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:38 PM
and the gaoling of a woman who at worst murdered her baby amidst the depths of mental illness and who at best simply gave her child to her other parent - seems very wrong.
I think murdering your own child, whether mentally ill or not is pretty disturbing. I agree with the PP that there is a lack of substantial evidence/ information surrounding the case and that nobody can 'prove' that baby Tegan died, but if she gave the baby to his father, why on earth wouldn't he just come forward. The fact she had 5 secret pregnancies is highly unusual to me. Of course that doesn't 'prove' anything, but it certainly makes me doubt that she is telling the truth.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:46 PM
I agree it is disturbing, but not in a "lock her up and teach her a lesson" way. More a "desperate woman needs support and treatment". I don't think gaoling her was the right approach, whether she killed Tegan or not.
The father would not be under any obligation to come forward - he may have moved overseas and never even heard about the case. Or not wanted to be known, or desired to protect Tegan's privacy, or didn't care what happened to Keli, or they may have previously agreed she'd never hear from them again no matter what. So many possibilities.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:57 PM
I agree, that theoretically there are many possibilities, but I just don't have a good feeling about this case. I think that if she is/was genuinely mentally ill then gaoling her may not have been the right approach, but how do you know she is/ was mentally ill? I honestly don't think a child just vanishes like that.
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