My old school friend Kathleen Folbigg turns 50 next month. She’s spent the past 15 years in jail and the past two years waiting for a response from the Attorney General on a judicial appeal submitted by three Newcastle barristers.
Frustrated by the lack of response from the government, a series of stories went out in the media this week about her plight.
This was the stand-out part of the article in The Newcastle Herald for me:
The petition includes the view of internationally respected Monash University forensic pathologist Professor Stephen Cordner, that there is ‘‘no forensic pathology support for the contention that any or all of these children have been killed’’.
‘If the convictions in this case are to stand, I want to clearly state there is no pathological or medical basis for concluding homicide,’’ Professor Cordner said.
There’s also a story on the ABC website. Click here to read it.
I’m heading to Silverwater jail to see Kathy this weekend. She’s feeling pretty down about it all. Understandably.
I’m embarrassed to say it’s been a while since I’ve seen her due to a series of health and family and holiday and kids and missing out on a visitor slot hiccups.
My friend Tracy (pictured above with Kathy and I) has sent a message saying: “Hi Everyone, it’s Kath’s 50th very soon …Can I please ask for as many supporters as possible to send her a card and warm wishes for this day. We were very much hoping she would be out by now….Sadly, she will still be in there “celebrating” this milestone in her life. It would mean such a lot to her.”
Let me know if you’d like Kathy’s address.
If you need a bit of back story on it all, try these links on my blog: