NSW Attorney-general Mark Speakman announced the findings of the inquiry last night (22 July), which was led by former chief judge of the District Court the Honorable Reginald Blanch AM QC.
He found that he did not have, ‘any reasonable doubt as to the guilty of Kathleen Megan Folbigg for the offences of which she was convicted.’
‘I agree with the findings and decisions made pre-trial, during the trial and on appeal,’ he said.
He added, ‘It remains that the only conclusion reasonably open is that somebody intentionally caused harm to the children, and smothering was the obvious method. The evidence pointed to no person other than Ms Folbigg.’
Folbigg’s lawyer, Stuary Gray, told Sydney Morning Herald they were ‘obviously very disappointed’ with the outcome.
Mr Speakman said that he had spoken to Folbigg’s ex-husband, Craig Folbigg.
‘I acknowledged that the decision to commence an inquiry has further aggravated what already was an unimaginable tragedy,’ he said.
Mr Speakman continued, ‘I hope that the conclusion of the iniquiry, and the report’s findings, might provide comfort in some way to the relatives of Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura, and will dispel community concern regarding Ms Folbigg’s convictions.’