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Manslaughter - Infanticide  

Case

(age if known)

TypePleaRecordSentenceAppealFacts

Cooper

(21)

[2001] NSWSC 769

Simpson J

Infanticide

Young child

Assault - domestic

PG 4y GBB Female - smothered 7 month old daughter – also had 2y old at time of killing - difficult and abusive childhood - suffering depression prior to and after birth of all children - unable to cope with responsibility.

Pope

[2002] NSWSC 397

Greg James J

Infanticide

Young child

Drowning

PG 3y GBB 

Mother drowned 12w daughter in bath - existing mental condition worsened after birth of baby - nature and extent of condition not fully realised

Some improvement in mental condition - support of husband and family

Azzopardi

[2004] VSC 509

Infanticide – max 5yPG 18m community based order Drowned 5w baby – suffering psychiatric condition after birth of child

CRS

(29)

[2012] NZHC 709

Infanticide – max 3yPG 2y intensive supervisionBreached bond for conceal death of child

Concealed pregnancy from friends and family – smothered baby at birth and concealed in plastic bag for 6 weeks in cupboard – body found by mother – spontaneous offence – still affected by still birth of earlier child

Troubled psychiatric history – major depressive disorder

Q P X

[2014] VSC 189

Infanticide – max 5y

PG

 

Recklessly causing serious injury

 12m community corrections order 2 months old twin girls suffered colic and difficulty in settling – both suffered serious injuries inflicted over period of time – mother accepted she inflicted injuries – one twin survived – suffering serious psychiatric condition

Z Z H M

[2015] VSC 524

InfanticidePGnil12m community corrections order 

Gave birth to daughter alone in bedroom – unaware pregnant – placed hand over mouth for short time to keep quiet – believed could breathe through mouth – concealed body in bag under tree – disclosed birth to sister one week later and attended police station– baby probably born in poor condition at risk of natural death -  'rare but recognised' mental state called 'denial of pregnancy (or pregnancy denial) – birth led to severe shock and dissociated state

Remorse and strong prospects of rehabilitation

Last updated 29/3/2018

 

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