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Kathleen Folbigg case review bid challenges SIDS evidence

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Shaun McCarthy discusses an evidence challenge of the Kathleen Folbigg case

The jury that convicted Kathleen Folbigg of killing her four children was ''almost certainly misled'' about the rarity of multiple sudden infant death syndrome cases in families, a submission seeking a judicial review of her case will say.

Evidence that there were no known cases of three or more SIDS deaths in a family was not only wrong, but would have left the jury in 2003 discounting SIDS, and ''leaving multiple homicides as the only explanation'', leading United Kingdom statistician and professor of mathematics Ray Hill has said in a review of the Folbigg case.

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