Courier Mail
Edition 1 - First with the news
THU 23 NOV 2000, Page 011

Nine months for baby killer
By Mark Oberhardt

A YOUNG woman who, while under the influence of her older lover, helped kill her new born baby will serve nine months in jail.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane earlier this month, Amanda Leanne Blackwell, 22, was found guilty of the manslaughter of her new born daughter Chahleen on September 8, 1998.

Her former lover Raymond Aktar Ali, 47, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail.

The trial heard the baby was killed within minutes of birth, dismembered and parts of her body buried on a neighbour's property.

Ali and Blackwell had hidden the baby's birth because they did not want their affair to be known -- he was a married man and she was engaged to his nephew.

At yesterday's sentencing, Justice Margaret Wilson said she accepted Ali had dominated Blackwell and it was a singularly unusual case. She said Blackwell had been immature but her physical desires and actions were adult.

``It can explain but cannot excuse your actions. It was a horrifying and thoroughly reprehensible crime . . . it was a total abrogation of your responsibility as a mother," the judge said.

Justice Wilson sentenced Blackwell to four years' jail but suspended the sentence after nine months.
Earlier prosecutor Paul Rutledge said Blackwell now was the mother of a five-month-old son she had with her new boyfriend.

He said a sentence had to be imposed which showed the community would not tolerate the deaths of infants.
Barrister Greg McGuire asked Justice Wilson to treat the case as one of criminal negligence on Blackwell's part. He said Ali had dominated Blackwell and morally corrupted her.