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Australia hopes to close 'dingo baby' case

posted 24 Feb 2012, 11:24 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 24 Feb 2012, 11:24 ]

The 32-year-old case of whether a dingo killed baby Azaria Chamberlain may finally be closed as an inquest in Australia hears new evidence. Sunita Rappai reports.

PART NETWORK TEN -  It was a case that captured the attention of the world - and Hollywood.

Was nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain, whose body was never found, killed by a dingo here in the dusty Australian outback 32 years ago as her parents claimed - or did they murder her?


BABY AZARIA'S MOTHER, LINDY CHAMBERLAIN, SAYING:

"I ran out of the tent. I said to Michael, a dingo's got the baby."

A first inquest supported the parents' account but that verdict was overthrown in 1982 when Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.


But a royal commission overturned the conviction in 1987 after new evidence was found supporting the Chamberlain's' claims - though one more inquest in 1995 returned an open verdict.


Today, a fourth and hopefully the final inquest begins in Australia in response to new information provided by the parents on dingo attacks on children.


Lindy Chamberlain - now Chamberlain-Creighton - says she hopes the new evidence will finally resolve the case and help other parents.


BABY AZARIA'S MOTHER, LINDY CHAMBERLAIN-CREIGHTON, SAYING:

"Australians will finally be warned and realise that dingoes are a dangerous animal."

Court officials say it could take several days before the decision is made public.

Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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