Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Dingo case doubters remain: mother

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks to the media after a coroner ruled a dingo had killed her baby in 1980 (AP)

The Australian mother of a baby snatched by a dingo at an Outback campsite 32 years ago has praised former critics who now admit they were wrong to have accused her of murder.

But she added she believes others will never accept her innocence.

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton gave rare interviews to Australian media in the northern city of Darwin, where a coroner concluded that a dingo, or wild dog, was responsible for Azaria Chamberlain's death.

The nine-week-old girl disappeared in 1980 from her parents' tent near Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its Aboriginal name Uluru.

The tragedy split Australians between those who believed Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton had killed the child and those who believed her claims that a dingo was the culprit.

She was convicted in 1982 of slitting the baby's throat with a pair of nail scissors and spent three years of a life sentence in a Darwin prison for murder before she was exonerated. The case was depicted in the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark.

Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton said she is now writing a book about forgiveness and welcomed approaches from her former doubters who want to apologise. Those who have come forward include a juror who convicted her of murder.

"I think they have a huge amount of courage to admit that they were wrong," Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"There are still people saying: 'I don't care what the evidence was. I've made up my mind and I don't want to listen to sense'," she added.

Frank Morris, a now-retired policeman who was at Uluru the night Azaria disappeared, said he still believes there was some human intervention. Of the parents' victory, he said: "If you go to court enough times, you are bound to get a win sooner or later."

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