Dingo Death Inquest of the Day: The world’s most famous case of alleged dingo-related death has been reopened in Australia.
A fourth inquest into the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain, whom her parents believe was killed by a dingo in 1980, was launched today in the hopes of finally reaching a conclusion as to her official cause of death.
Expert witness Anne Lade told the court that she agreed with counsel’s assessment that 239 dingo attacks were known to have occurred. “Although [a dingo killing a child] may have been regarded as unlikely in 1980 or 1986/87 or 1995 it shouldn’t be by 2011/12,” said Queen’s Counsel Rex Wild.
Azaria’s parents, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Rick Creighton, were both charged with her murder and given prison sentences. A royal commission exonerated them in 1987 after the baby’s matinee jacket was discovered.
According to their lawyer, the pair, now divorced, hope to “get the message out there and to make sure that this sort of tragedy never ever happens again.”