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Thursday, May 10, 2012

42. Revenge and Violence

Remember child killer Robert Farquharson, the bloke who murdered his three children? Well he's back in the news again wanting yet another trial, this time for a jury to shorten his sentence!

The Verdict
In October 2007, the jury found Robert Farquharson guilty of murdering his three sons, that on Fathers' Day 2005, he deliberately drove his car into a dam and killed his three boys to punish his ex-wife, Cindy Gambino. Jai, who was 10, Tyler, who was seven, and Bailey, who was just two years old drowned, but not Farquharson - he swam away. He was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment without parole. Farquharson announced his attention to appeal his convictions.

Appeal, bail & retrial
On 17 December 2009, Farquharson's conviction was overturned by the three appeal judges. They were critical of the trial judge, the prosecution and the evidence of key prosecution witness Greg King.

On 4 May 2010, the re-trial began before Justice Lex Lasry. On 22 July, the second jury again found him guilty of murder. He was sentenced on October 15, 2010 to life with a 33 year minimum.

Another Appeal?!
In another bid to reduce his sentence, he wants a jury to decide if he was negligent in driving his three sons to their deaths and drowning them.

According to the latest, his barrister Peter Morrissey, will initially argue that Farquharson should be acquitted for the murder of his three sons and freed and that a charge of manslaughter should have been left for jurors to consider.
Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 25 years' gaol.

Above: The murdered boys - Jai, 10, Bailey, 2 and Tyler, 7.

A justice group fronted by Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is preparing to battle to free triple child killer Robert Farquharson.

A new arm of JusticeWA, which fights to free convicted criminals it believes could be innocent, is setting up in Victoria and plans to give Farquharson's case top priority.

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