Stepfather jailed over sexual abuse of child who killed their newborn baby in outback toilet block
A sexually abusive stepfather whose young victim killed their baby after giving birth alone in the toilets of a Goldfields caravan park 25 years ago, is given an eight-and-a-half year jail term.
Print text onlyPrintCancelA sexually abusive stepfather whose young victim killed their baby after giving birth alone in the toilets of an outback caravan park 25 years ago, has been handed an eight-and-a-half year jail term.Key points:The identity of the baby's parents was a mystery for almost 25 years
The man started abusing the girl when she was just 11 years oldThe mother, who is now 39, was given a suspended jail term this yearThe man, who is now 56 but can not be identified, admitted having a sexual relationship with the girl that started when she was 11 and continued even after she told him at 14 that she had given birth to his child.
That happened in 1995 when the victim, who had not told anyone she was pregnant, gave birth to the boy in the toilets of the caravan park in the Goldfields town of Kambalda, 600 kilometres east of Perth.When the baby cried she stuffed toilet paper in his mouth to keep him quiet, and he suffocated. headtopics.com
She left the baby's body in the toilet bowl and after cleaning herself up, returned to the caravan where she was staying with relatives.The baby's body was found the next day.The man who was extradited from Queensland, can not be identified.(ABC News
)Investigators called him "Rijul" which means innocent in Hindi and he was buried in a service at the Kalgoorlie cemetery.DNA fingerprint tests unlock mysteryThe identity of the baby and his parents remained a mystery until last year when the mother had her fingerprints taken after she was arrested for an unrelated matter in another state.
When they were entered in the national database they matched fingerprints taken from the toilet cubicle in 1995.DNA tests confirmed the victim to be the mother, but when first interviewed by cold case detectives she still did not reveal her abuse and instead claimed she was "promiscuous" at the time and had slept with 20 or 30 men.
She later revealed the truth, telling police she was the victim of continued sexual abuse by her mother's partner from when she was 11 years old, until she was 16.The girl was living with relatives in a caravan in Kambalda.()The victim also admitted killing her son. headtopics.com
She was originally charged with murder but prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to the charge of infanticide.She received a suspended jail term whenThe man will have to serve six-and-a-half years before he can be released. Read more: ABC News »
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