Father of Kathleen Folbigg’s four slain children REFUSES to give a DNA sample to a lawyer as she continues to plead her innocence
- Father of Kathleen Folbigg’s four children has refused to give DNA to a lawyer
- The 2019 inquiry will examine how the four babies died in the decade from 1989
- Ms Folbigg has provided a DNA sample from Silverwater Correctional Complex
- She is serving a 25 year sentence for the deaths of her four children in NSW
- Craig Folbigg’s solicitor has complained and will handle all further approaches
The father of Kathleen Folbigg’s slain children has refused to provide DNA evidence to a lawyer ahead of an inquiry that will examine NSW’s worst case of serial filicide.
Volumes of medical and forensic evidence are being gathered ahead of the 2019 inquiry which will examine whether four of the Folbigg children were killed by their mother in the decade from 1989 in the NSW Hunter Valley or potentially died of natural causes.
At the final directions hearing on Wednesday, former NSW District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch – who’s heading the inquiry – said Craig Folbigg had refused to provide a DNA sample when approached by his former wife’s lawyer.
Craig Folbigg (pictured) has refused to provide a DNA sample to a lawyer as an inquiry into the deaths of his four daughters continues
Ms Folbigg (pictured) has supplied a DNA sample from prison
Mr Folbigg filed a complaint with the Law Society of NSW about being contacted by his ex-partner’s legal team. There’s no suggestion he’s not co-operating with the inquiry.
Folbigg herself has supplied a DNA sample from Silverwater Correctional Complex where she is serving a 25-year sentence for killing her children Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura – who all died aged between 19 days and 19 months.
She was jailed in 2003 but the NSW government in August this year agreed to a judicial review of her convictions.
Her legal team has suggested “damning inferences” drawn from Folbigg’s own diary entries may be upended if new medical evidence suggests the children could have died from natural causes.
Their four children Caleb (top left), Patrick (top right), Laura (bottom left) and Sarah (bottom right) all died in the decade from 1989
Mr Blanch on Wednesday noted new medical evidence could be provided to the inquiry which “leads to the exculpation of Ms Folbigg”.
The convicted killer is considering whether she will face the inquiry to give evidence herself.
She’s expected to notify her lawyers by late next week of her decision.
Counsel assisting Gail Furness SC on Wednesday suggested there could be three weeks of scientific and medical hearings before Ms Folbigg potentially gave evidence.
Hearings will begin in the first week of March and the inquiry is expected to run for six to 12 months.