Craig Folbigg hires lawyer for inquiry

Solicitor Danny Eid was granted leave to represent Craig Folbigg at Kathy’s inquiry during a brief directions hearing in Sydney today.

Outside the court Eid said Craig wanted to be certain all “reasonable and appropriate evidence” was examined and “in light of the fresh inquiry he wants to be sure nothing is missed that could be relevant”.

However, making “sure nothing is missed” doesn’t extend to providing DNA to the inquiry.

The inquiry has previously heard that Craig complained to the Law Society of NSW after being approached by a solicitor for his former wife over DNA and “absolutely refusing to provide a sample”.

Justice for Kathleen Folbigg wonder how such a refusal ensures everything “relevant” is examined?

Eid said Kathy’s diary entries were a source of interest for Craig’s legal team.

Former District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch, who is heading the inquiry, was told Kathy’s lawyers were still preparing a number of reports to be presented to the inquiry, including a psychiatrist’s report.

Counsel assisting the inquiry, Gail Furness, SC, told the inquiry Blanch had already indicated a psychiatrist’s report would be of little assistance.

“At the moment I can’t begin to understand what possible assistance it could be to the inquiry,” Blanch said.

A lawyer for Kathy said the report would be submitted to Furness “and a determination made if it’s of assistance or not”.

Substantive hearing dates for the hearing of expert medical evidence by the inquiry were held the week beginning Monday, March 18, 2019. They focussed on evidence relevant to forensic pathology and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

The week beginning Monday, April 15, 2019 has been set aside to hear evidence relevant to genetics, cardiology and neurology.

The week beginning Monday, April 29, 2019 has been set aside for Kathy to give evidence about the diary entries, possession of the diaries and her disposal of the diaries. The evidence from Kathy will be restricted and the cross-examination of her will be restricted to those particular issues.

 

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