Murderer Keli Lane Update SENTENCED TO AT LEAST 13 YEARS


Keli Lane will serve at least 13 years and five months for murder of tegan, plus four years and seven months on parole…MORE TO COME

Keli Lane will serve at least 13 years and five months for murder of tegan, plus four years and seven months on parole

Sentencing today 15/04/11

In court as we speak she is being sentenced, been talking for nearly an hour so far in handing down term…stay tuned

Update tonight Sunday 3rd April 2011

Just watched the disgusting story on Channel 7 tonight. How convoluted was that? Master Manipulator, I hope someone in the know who has her confidence now gets greedy and breaks her confidence  and comes forward with information on her remains etc!
Bloody Christopher Murphy, solicitor to the crooks and crims, all for his own huge ego.Google and see the type of people he has represented…I will post the video of this story soon!

Keli Lane‘s sentencing hearing was today adjourned until next Friday

FORMER water polo champion and convicted murderer Keli Lane intended to kill her newborn baby rather than cause her really serious harm, a Sydney judge has been told.

Reality sinks in for baby killer Keli Lane. Justice for Tegan at last

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC today in the NSW Supreme Court disputed the defence’s “serious harm” contention, saying the “only rational conclusion” was that Lane intended to kill two-day-old Tegan.

Lane, 36, appeared on the verge of tears throughout the hearing, which was attended by her mother, brother and other supporters.

Last December, a jury found Lane guilty of murdering her newborn second child on September 14, 1996, after they left Auburn hospital.

Lane had hidden three pregnancies, secretly adopting out her first and third babies.

Tegan’s body has never been found.

Referring to issues to be resolved by Justice Anthony Whealy, Mr Tedeschi said the judge may find Lane’s pre-meditation only occurred on the day of the killing.

He also handed up to the judge a list showing sentencing practices in 1996, when the murder occurred.

“The sentencing of people for homicide generally was much more lenient to the offender than today,” he noted during his sentencing submission in the packed courtroom.

At one stage, Justice Whealy noted the jury had found Lane guilty, adding “whatever views I may have had about the strength of the crown case must take second place to the jury verdict”.

The sentencing hearing was adjourned to next Friday to enable a defence psychiatrist to respond to a psychiatric report tendered by the Crown.

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You don’t know my dad: Keli Lane’s secret fear


You don’t know my dad: Keli Lane’s secret fear

Under pressure ... Keli Lane (middle) arrives for the first day of her trial in August.

IN MANY ways, Keli Lane was her father’s daughter. Fit, charismatic and sociable, she was following in his footsteps as a gifted athlete. But when her life came crashing down around her, she felt utterly alone.

Police interviews and phone taps released last week shed new light on the extent of the psychological pressure Lane was under. She herself suggested her fate could have been so different if only she hadn’t been too ashamed to seek support from those closest to her.

”This whole, this whole mess is because I didn’t have a thick skin, because I couldn’t ask anyone for help, because I couldn’t stand the embarrassment,” she told her then husband in an intercepted phone call in August 2004.

Keli's father Robert (middle) with fellow champion surfers Mick Dooley and Nat Young at Bondi Beach in 1963.

After a 17-week trial, Lane, 35, was convicted last Monday of the murder of her two-day-old daughter Tegan, who was last seen alive at Auburn Hospital on September 14, 1996.

While the most obvious mystery of the case relates to the last hours of Tegan’s life, another is how Lane’s father, a former police officer and trained observer of human nature, had no idea his daughter had given birth to Tegan and two other children – who were given up for adoption – while under his watchful eye.

On the day Keli was born Robert Lane was so thrilled he shouted the entire Steyne Hotel, and filled the hospital maternity ward with flowers.

The father and daughter outside Westmead Coroners Court in 2005.

Mr Lane was a permanent fixture alongside his daughter as revelations about her hidden pregnancies kept coming during the coronial inquest at Westmead Coroners Court in 2005. Regularly linking arms with his daughter or grasping her hand, he told the inquest he believed Tegan was alive. ”I believe the version Keli has given but I’m not certain of the identity of the people involved.” After she was committed to stand trial last year, Mr Lane stood by his daughter, pledging to forfeit $30,000 if she breached her bail conditions.

Throughout the trial, he has helped shelter Lane’s daughter, now 9, from any news of the proceedings or charges against her mother.

Even on the day of the conviction, Mr Lane was not present in court as he was taking care of his granddaughter at their Fairlight home, according to Lane’s lawyer, Ben Archbold.

And yet police phone intercepts and interviews made public at Lane’s trial demonstrate how terrified she was of him finding out about the pregnancies, the missing child and the police investigation – so much so that she feared he might take away the daughter she gave birth to in 2001 and kept.

In a 2004 police interview, Lane told detectives: ”There’s no way, if my parents found out, that they’ll let me keep her … You don’t know my dad. Can you imagine what he will do?”

Mr Lane did not grant The Sun-Herald’s request for an interview.

A family friend, who refused to be named, said Lane had grown up in ”constant fear” of her disciplinarian father. ”Keli and her brother Morgan were petrified of their dad … She was so scared of failing him, whether it be at school, in sport, anything.”

Mr Lane was an outstanding surfer from Manly in the early days of the sport in Australia. In the 1960s, he, Glynn Ritchie and Nipper Williams – all Manly locals – were known as the ”Bower Boys” because they surfed the reef break at Fairy Bower.

Lane came third to Nat Young and Mick Dooley in the inaugural Australian championships at Bondi Beach in 1963. He was also a talented rugby player, turning out for Manly in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1981-82 he became the team’s coach. Alan Jones took the helm the following season; Mr Lane returned to the position in 1986-87.

Professionally, he was also rising through the ranks as a career-driven detective at Manly police station. Former player Fred Whiteman described Mr Lane – or ”Moose” as he was then known – as a ”passionate, loyal Manly-ite” who was well respected throughout the area.

Another former club associate described Mr Lane’s coaching style as ”no-nonsense”. The player, who preferred not to be named, said: ”Lane was a real old-style head-kicker. He was a rough, tough copper and that was reflected in his coaching style.”

By the early 1990s, Mr Lane had climbed to the top of Manly’s social ladder. Living in Fairlight, he and his wife Sandra were regular fixtures at parties and functions – and when it came to discussing the children with acquaintances over a glass of champagne the Lanes spoke proudly of the promising futures of Keli and Morgan.

Like her father, Keli loved sport. She was a good swimmer and had found her niche playing water polo. As a member of the Balmain Water Polo Club in the mid-1990s, she was suddenly knocking on the door of the national team, which in turn put her in contention to represent Australia at the 2000 Olympics.

To her father’s delight, she trained hard. But unbeknown to him, she also partied hard, and she never had a problem attracting men.

Having children would have destroyed her Olympic dream, so when she became pregnant five times between 1992 and 1999, Lane addressed the problem clinically. Her first two pregnancies were terminated. Two babies were secretly adopted out, in 1995 and 1999. In between those two births, Lane delivered Tegan on September 12, 1996.

Mother and daughter were discharged from Auburn Hospital two days later. Within hours, Lane was dancing at a friend’s wedding. Tegan had vanished forever.

It took some time for detective senior constables Richard Gaut and Bradley Edgerton to comprehend how Lane could possibly have disguised her pregnancies and births from friends, family and even her long-term lover, footballer Duncan Gillies. Nor did it help that the unco-operative woman under investigation just happened to be the daughter of a renowned retired sergeant who had been based at their station in Manly.

Phone taps soon revealed how aware Lane was of having made ”stupid choices”. They also demonstrated how paralysed she felt by the prospect of telling her father the truth and bringing shame on the family name. The intercepts suggested she had already felt the sting of his disapproval in 2001 when she told him she was pregnant with the daughter she kept.

After a friend tried to console Lane in January 2004, reassuring her that her parents loved her, Lane replied: ”But I don’t think they will after this, do you know what I mean?

I remember dad saying after telling him I was pregnant with [the daughter in 2001], ‘Oh, you can’t top this one Keli,’ and that’s all I keep hearing.”

After finally telling her fiance the truth – weeks before their wedding – Lane informed him how furious her parents were likely to be: ”I’ll cop whatever they say to me … they can call me a slut or a moron or a dickhead or whatever.”

Once Keli’s mother heard the news, she warned that her husband’s reaction would be severe – even advising Lane to keep her young daughter away from the fallout. ”You’ve got to be telling the absolute truth. I’m telling you, because he’ll know how to find out things that you wouldn’t believe.”

Lane said: ”He’s not going to hurt me or anything.”

Her mother said: ”He’s not going to hurt you but he’s going to blow up. You know that, don’t you?”

The phone taps portray a vulnerable woman whose fate might have been different had she felt she could dare to be honest.

”It all seems to be out of my hands, like I really don’t have any choices,” she told her husband over the phone.

”I didn’t have any choices then. I’ve got no choices now.”

 

You don't know my dad: Keli Lane's secret fear


You don’t know my dad: Keli Lane’s secret fear

Under pressure ... Keli Lane (middle) arrives for the first day of her trial in August.

IN MANY ways, Keli Lane was her father’s daughter. Fit, charismatic and sociable, she was following in his footsteps as a gifted athlete. But when her life came crashing down around her, she felt utterly alone.

Police interviews and phone taps released last week shed new light on the extent of the psychological pressure Lane was under. She herself suggested her fate could have been so different if only she hadn’t been too ashamed to seek support from those closest to her.

”This whole, this whole mess is because I didn’t have a thick skin, because I couldn’t ask anyone for help, because I couldn’t stand the embarrassment,” she told her then husband in an intercepted phone call in August 2004.

Keli's father Robert (middle) with fellow champion surfers Mick Dooley and Nat Young at Bondi Beach in 1963.

After a 17-week trial, Lane, 35, was convicted last Monday of the murder of her two-day-old daughter Tegan, who was last seen alive at Auburn Hospital on September 14, 1996.

While the most obvious mystery of the case relates to the last hours of Tegan’s life, another is how Lane’s father, a former police officer and trained observer of human nature, had no idea his daughter had given birth to Tegan and two other children – who were given up for adoption – while under his watchful eye.

On the day Keli was born Robert Lane was so thrilled he shouted the entire Steyne Hotel, and filled the hospital maternity ward with flowers.

The father and daughter outside Westmead Coroners Court in 2005.

Mr Lane was a permanent fixture alongside his daughter as revelations about her hidden pregnancies kept coming during the coronial inquest at Westmead Coroners Court in 2005. Regularly linking arms with his daughter or grasping her hand, he told the inquest he believed Tegan was alive. ”I believe the version Keli has given but I’m not certain of the identity of the people involved.” After she was committed to stand trial last year, Mr Lane stood by his daughter, pledging to forfeit $30,000 if she breached her bail conditions.

Throughout the trial, he has helped shelter Lane’s daughter, now 9, from any news of the proceedings or charges against her mother.

Even on the day of the conviction, Mr Lane was not present in court as he was taking care of his granddaughter at their Fairlight home, according to Lane’s lawyer, Ben Archbold.

And yet police phone intercepts and interviews made public at Lane’s trial demonstrate how terrified she was of him finding out about the pregnancies, the missing child and the police investigation – so much so that she feared he might take away the daughter she gave birth to in 2001 and kept.

In a 2004 police interview, Lane told detectives: ”There’s no way, if my parents found out, that they’ll let me keep her … You don’t know my dad. Can you imagine what he will do?”

Mr Lane did not grant The Sun-Herald’s request for an interview.

A family friend, who refused to be named, said Lane had grown up in ”constant fear” of her disciplinarian father. ”Keli and her brother Morgan were petrified of their dad … She was so scared of failing him, whether it be at school, in sport, anything.”

Mr Lane was an outstanding surfer from Manly in the early days of the sport in Australia. In the 1960s, he, Glynn Ritchie and Nipper Williams – all Manly locals – were known as the ”Bower Boys” because they surfed the reef break at Fairy Bower.

Lane came third to Nat Young and Mick Dooley in the inaugural Australian championships at Bondi Beach in 1963. He was also a talented rugby player, turning out for Manly in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1981-82 he became the team’s coach. Alan Jones took the helm the following season; Mr Lane returned to the position in 1986-87.

Professionally, he was also rising through the ranks as a career-driven detective at Manly police station. Former player Fred Whiteman described Mr Lane – or ”Moose” as he was then known – as a ”passionate, loyal Manly-ite” who was well respected throughout the area.

Another former club associate described Mr Lane’s coaching style as ”no-nonsense”. The player, who preferred not to be named, said: ”Lane was a real old-style head-kicker. He was a rough, tough copper and that was reflected in his coaching style.”

By the early 1990s, Mr Lane had climbed to the top of Manly’s social ladder. Living in Fairlight, he and his wife Sandra were regular fixtures at parties and functions – and when it came to discussing the children with acquaintances over a glass of champagne the Lanes spoke proudly of the promising futures of Keli and Morgan.

Like her father, Keli loved sport. She was a good swimmer and had found her niche playing water polo. As a member of the Balmain Water Polo Club in the mid-1990s, she was suddenly knocking on the door of the national team, which in turn put her in contention to represent Australia at the 2000 Olympics.

To her father’s delight, she trained hard. But unbeknown to him, she also partied hard, and she never had a problem attracting men.

Having children would have destroyed her Olympic dream, so when she became pregnant five times between 1992 and 1999, Lane addressed the problem clinically. Her first two pregnancies were terminated. Two babies were secretly adopted out, in 1995 and 1999. In between those two births, Lane delivered Tegan on September 12, 1996.

Mother and daughter were discharged from Auburn Hospital two days later. Within hours, Lane was dancing at a friend’s wedding. Tegan had vanished forever.

It took some time for detective senior constables Richard Gaut and Bradley Edgerton to comprehend how Lane could possibly have disguised her pregnancies and births from friends, family and even her long-term lover, footballer Duncan Gillies. Nor did it help that the unco-operative woman under investigation just happened to be the daughter of a renowned retired sergeant who had been based at their station in Manly.

Phone taps soon revealed how aware Lane was of having made ”stupid choices”. They also demonstrated how paralysed she felt by the prospect of telling her father the truth and bringing shame on the family name. The intercepts suggested she had already felt the sting of his disapproval in 2001 when she told him she was pregnant with the daughter she kept.

After a friend tried to console Lane in January 2004, reassuring her that her parents loved her, Lane replied: ”But I don’t think they will after this, do you know what I mean?

I remember dad saying after telling him I was pregnant with [the daughter in 2001], ‘Oh, you can’t top this one Keli,’ and that’s all I keep hearing.”

After finally telling her fiance the truth – weeks before their wedding – Lane informed him how furious her parents were likely to be: ”I’ll cop whatever they say to me … they can call me a slut or a moron or a dickhead or whatever.”

Once Keli’s mother heard the news, she warned that her husband’s reaction would be severe – even advising Lane to keep her young daughter away from the fallout. ”You’ve got to be telling the absolute truth. I’m telling you, because he’ll know how to find out things that you wouldn’t believe.”

Lane said: ”He’s not going to hurt me or anything.”

Her mother said: ”He’s not going to hurt you but he’s going to blow up. You know that, don’t you?”

The phone taps portray a vulnerable woman whose fate might have been different had she felt she could dare to be honest.

”It all seems to be out of my hands, like I really don’t have any choices,” she told her husband over the phone.

”I didn’t have any choices then. I’ve got no choices now.”

 

Keli Lane Media Stuff


Hi all this will contain stuff that was unavailable while the Keli Lane  trial was on as I get my hands on it….cheers

Keli spends first night in Jail

Police Interviews with Keli

Tapped phone call, Keli to her mum

Tapped phone call, Keli to ex Husband (press play below)


Tegan’s killer, Keli Lane in Jail


This woman was so convinced she was going to be walking out of that court a free woman, she had the hair, all coloured golden blonde, the legs all tanned up, red stilettos??????  I assume all ready for the limelight of media attention on the steps afterwards.Instead she was within minutes of the verdict being carted out the back into a prison van on her way to jail! The irony is significant. Right to the very end appearances meant everything to Keli Lane. Well enjoy your prison greens the only outfit you will ever wear from this day forward. Child Killers are despised in jail.Mothers even worse, so good luck in there, you will need it Keli

Reality sets in for baby killer Keli Lane. Justice at last for Tegan

SECONDS after a Sydney jury found she had murdered her newborn daughter, former water polo champion and Olympic aspirant Keli Lane screamed “oh, no”, and collapsed.

Her anguished cry was echoed by her sobbing mother, Sandra Lane, while many distressed jurors had tears in their eyes.

Almost everyone in the crowded NSW Supreme Court room yesterday seemed affected by the raw emotion before Justice Anthony Whealy adjourned the case so Lane could get medical help from a paramedic.

Soon after, Lane was taken from the court in handcuffs and put into a prison van as a convicted killer.

Lane, 35, had denied murdering two-day-old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996, after they left Auburn Hospital in Sydney.

She claimed she handed the infant over to the baby’s father but, despite national searches, police found no trace of him or of Tegan.

Lane was accused of murdering the infant and secretly adopting out two other babies so as not to dent her “golden girl” image.

The jury of six women and six men had been deliberating for a week without a verdict, when the judge gave them the option of a majority 11-1 decision yesterday.

The jury of six women and six men had been deliberating for a week without a verdict, when the judge gave them the option of a majority 11-1 decision yesterday.

Earlier, he had delayed calling them into court to answer questions after being told “some emotion is being experienced in the jury room”.

When the court resumed after the verdict and Lane’s collapse, she looked shell-shocked but sat quietly in the dock beside her solicitor, who had her arm around her.

Justice Whealy refused to continue her bail, saying while he had “great sympathy” for Lane, it would be “a very unfair result” to grant bail.

Lane was also found guilty of three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out the two other babies.

Outside court, John Borovnik – the Department of Community Services worker who first reported Tegan missing – said justice had been done.

“Tegan never had a voice, it’s in memory of Tegan,” he said.

Mr Borovnik said all Lane could come up with was a statement saying Tegan was alive and happy.

“If she is alive and well, where is she?” he asked. Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, contended Lane secretly hid her three pregnancies and births because she had not wanted to be saddled with the responsibility of children.

As well as being motivated by her Olympic ambitions, her career and social life, Lane had “an overwhelming fear of rejection” by family and friends if they knew of her pregnancies.

Mr Tedeschi maintained Lane had never intended taking any of her babies home but wanted a “permanent” solution.

While he could not say how she murdered Tegan or how she disposed of her body, Mr Tedeschi urged jurors to reject”pigs might fly” theories about the infant’s fate.

Her claim about handing Tegan over to the infant’s father, a secret short-term lover, and the man’s live-in partner was “inherently unbelievable”.

In his directions to the jurors, Justice Whealy said they must acquit Lane if there was a reasonable possibility Tegan was alive or was handed over to someone else.

But he also said if they were satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Lane, by a deliberate act, caused the death of Tegan and it was done with intent to kill her, she should be found guilty.

Sentencing submissions will be heard on February 25.

Tegan's killer, Keli Lane in Jail


This woman was so convinced she was going to be walking out of that court a free woman, she had the hair, all coloured golden blonde, the legs all tanned up, red stilettos??????  I assume all ready for the limelight of media attention on the steps afterwards.Instead she was within minutes of the verdict being carted out the back into a prison van on her way to jail! The irony is significant. Right to the very end appearances meant everything to Keli Lane. Well enjoy your prison greens the only outfit you will ever wear from this day forward. Child Killers are despised in jail.Mothers even worse, so good luck in there, you will need it Keli

Reality sets in for baby killer Keli Lane. Justice at last for Tegan

SECONDS after a Sydney jury found she had murdered her newborn daughter, former water polo champion and Olympic aspirant Keli Lane screamed “oh, no”, and collapsed.

Her anguished cry was echoed by her sobbing mother, Sandra Lane, while many distressed jurors had tears in their eyes.

Almost everyone in the crowded NSW Supreme Court room yesterday seemed affected by the raw emotion before Justice Anthony Whealy adjourned the case so Lane could get medical help from a paramedic.

Soon after, Lane was taken from the court in handcuffs and put into a prison van as a convicted killer.

Lane, 35, had denied murdering two-day-old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996, after they left Auburn Hospital in Sydney.

She claimed she handed the infant over to the baby’s father but, despite national searches, police found no trace of him or of Tegan.

Lane was accused of murdering the infant and secretly adopting out two other babies so as not to dent her “golden girl” image.

The jury of six women and six men had been deliberating for a week without a verdict, when the judge gave them the option of a majority 11-1 decision yesterday.

The jury of six women and six men had been deliberating for a week without a verdict, when the judge gave them the option of a majority 11-1 decision yesterday.

Earlier, he had delayed calling them into court to answer questions after being told “some emotion is being experienced in the jury room”.

When the court resumed after the verdict and Lane’s collapse, she looked shell-shocked but sat quietly in the dock beside her solicitor, who had her arm around her.

Justice Whealy refused to continue her bail, saying while he had “great sympathy” for Lane, it would be “a very unfair result” to grant bail.

Lane was also found guilty of three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out the two other babies.

Outside court, John Borovnik – the Department of Community Services worker who first reported Tegan missing – said justice had been done.

“Tegan never had a voice, it’s in memory of Tegan,” he said.

Mr Borovnik said all Lane could come up with was a statement saying Tegan was alive and happy.

“If she is alive and well, where is she?” he asked. Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, contended Lane secretly hid her three pregnancies and births because she had not wanted to be saddled with the responsibility of children.

As well as being motivated by her Olympic ambitions, her career and social life, Lane had “an overwhelming fear of rejection” by family and friends if they knew of her pregnancies.

Mr Tedeschi maintained Lane had never intended taking any of her babies home but wanted a “permanent” solution.

While he could not say how she murdered Tegan or how she disposed of her body, Mr Tedeschi urged jurors to reject”pigs might fly” theories about the infant’s fate.

Her claim about handing Tegan over to the infant’s father, a secret short-term lover, and the man’s live-in partner was “inherently unbelievable”.

In his directions to the jurors, Justice Whealy said they must acquit Lane if there was a reasonable possibility Tegan was alive or was handed over to someone else.

But he also said if they were satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Lane, by a deliberate act, caused the death of Tegan and it was done with intent to kill her, she should be found guilty.

Sentencing submissions will be heard on February 25.

GUILTY of KILLING BABY -Keli Lane police interviews


Keli Lane finally found guilty of killing her baby 14 years ago. Have a look at the lying baby killer in these police interviews. Listen for the high pitched voice change when accused of killing her baby

Police interview with an emotional Keli Lane during investigations into her missing baby Tegan.

A COURT has found Keli Lane guilty of murdering her newborn baby Tegan more than 14 years ago.

The 35-year-old had pleaded not guilty to murdering two-day old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996, after they left Sydney’s Auburn hospital.

The New South Wales Supreme Court jury of six women and six men retired a week ago and delivered its verdict today.

Lane told police she handed over Tegan to the baby’s father, a man with whom she said she had a brief and secret affair.

But the crown contended the named father, Andrew Morris or Andrew Norris, was a fictitious person and she murdered the infant as she did not want the responsibility of a child.

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC contended that Lane was motivated by her Olympic ambitions and also wanted to continue her active social and sex life.

Before the birth of Lane’s second child Tegan, she secretly adopted out her first baby and later did the same with her third infant.

Earlier, the jury also found Lane guilty of three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out two other babies.

Immediately after the foreman delivered the murder verdict, Lane screamed out and fell to the floor of the dock.

Her mother, who was in the public gallery, also sobbed and many jurors had tears in their eyes.

As court officers attended Lane in the dock, the judge temporarily adjourned the hearing but told the jurors they would return shortly as he wished speak to them.

Justice Anthony Whealy said to find Lane guilty of murder the jury must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt she killed the baby.

Suspicion is never a substitute,” Justice Whealy said.

Justice Whealy told the jurors that emotion was to play no part in their decision making.

“Moral judgments, bias, condemnation of other people’s behaviour and dislike of people have no place in a court of law,” he said.

Justice Whealy said Lane was not disadvantaged by her decision not to give evidence at her trial.

“It is the right of an accused person not to give evidence,” he said.

Witnesses at the trial included Lane’s ex-boyfriend, the former rugby league and union player Duncan Gillies, who said they were once very much in love but that he did not know she carried two pregnancies to term during their relationship.

Keli Lane jury begins deliberations-UPDATE FOUND GUILTY


FORMER water polo champion Keli Lane has been found guilty of murdering her newborn baby more than 14 years ago.hooray, FINALLY SOME JUSTICE
The 35-year-old had pleaded not guilty to murdering two-day old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996, after they left Sydney’s Auburn hospital.

 

The New South Wales Supreme Court jury of six women and six men retired a week ago and delivered its verdict today.

Lane told police she handed over Tegan to the baby’s father, a man with whom she said she had a brief and secret affair.

But the crown contended the named father, Andrew Morris or Andrew Norris, was a fictitious person and she murdered the infant as she did not want the responsibility of a child.

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC contended that Lane was motivated by her Olympic ambitions and also wanted to continue her active social and sex life.

Before the birth of Lane’s second child Tegan, she secretly adopted out her first baby and later did the same with her third infant.

Earlier, the jury also found Lane guilty of three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out two other babies.

Immediately after the foreman delivered the murder verdict, Lane screamed out and fell to the floor of the dock.

Her mother, who was in the public gallery, also sobbed and many jurors had tears in their eyes.

As court officers attended Lane in the dock, the judge temporarily adjourned the hearing but told the jurors they would return shortly as he wished speak to them.

Judge says while he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Keli, to grant her bail would give her ‘false hope’ as she faces ‘substantial’ jail timeUPDATE Why would they go home after retiring at only 11.15am today and deliberate to 3.45pm? Seems a bit light on for the 1st day

December 6, 2010 – 5:14PM

AAP

A Sydney jury will resume its deliberations on Tuesday at the trial of Keli Lane, who is accused of murdering her newborn baby.

The NSW Supreme Court jury of six men and six women retired at 11.15am (AEDT) on Monday and went home at 3.45pm.

The 35-year-old former water polo champion has pleaded not guilty to murdering two-day-old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996 after they left Auburn hospital.

She has also denied three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out two other babies.

Lane told police she handed Tegan over to a man she first named as Andrew Morris, then Andrew Norris, who she said was the infant’s father.

She said she had a brief and secret affair with him.

But the crown claims he is a fictitious person and that Lane murdered Tegan as she did not want the responsibility of a child.

Murder trial ... Keli Lane walks to the Supreme Court with supporters and her legal team

A JURY that will decide whether Keli Lane murdered her baby Tegan 14 years ago has begun to consider its verdicts.

On the 63rd day of the trial, which began in August, the jury was sent out by Justice Anthony to begin deliberations at about 11.15am, Sydney time

They are considering one murder charge and three counts that Lane made a false statement under oath. Three counts of perjury originally alleged have been replaced with the latter.

The Crown has urged them to convict the former waterpolo player of murdering her two-day-old child on or about September 14, 1996.

Lane has pleaded not guilty, and told police she gave the child to the man’s natural father – a man the Crown claims is a fictitious person.

However, Lane’s defence has argued the Crown has not proved the case beyond reasonable doubt, and have not proved conclusively the child is even dead.

Just before they began to deliberate, Justice Whealy reminded the jury they were the “fact finding tribunal”, and the “central issues are very stark and simple”.

However, he admitted that the “resolution” of those issues would be far more complex.

Fourteen jurors were empanelled in August in accordance with legislation for lengthy trials.

However two have been discharged with illness, the second of the pair excused herself today.

Judge lists issues for Keli Lane jurors


It is near the end, we need justice for Tegan Lane readers

KELI Lane should be found not guilty of murdering her baby if jurors believe there is a reasonable possibility the child is alive, the trial judge says.

Justice Anthony Whealy also said she should be acquitted if there is a reasonable possibility Lane handed the child over to another person.

He was addressing the New South Wales Supreme Court jury today at the trial of Lane, 35, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering two-day-old Tegan on September 14, 1996.

The former water polo champion told police she handed Tegan over to the baby’s natural father – whom she first named as Andrew Morris, then Andrew Norris – a man with whom she had a brief and secret affair.

The crown contend he is a fictitious person.

Justice Whealy told the jury the principal issues for trial could be “simply stated”.

Firstly, if there was a reasonable possibility Tegan was alive, the jurors must find Lane not guilty. RUBBISH, A CHILD JUST VANISHES, AFTER MASSIVE NATIONAL SEARCH/ OF COURSE NOT BECAUSE SHE IS DEAD

Secondly, she must be acquitted if there was a reasonable possibility she handed the child over to Tegan’s father, Andrew Norris; or to a person other than Norris who was the father; or to any other person.

So what is left, she killed her daughter, for being an inconvenience, that’s what

Thirdly, if the jurors were satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Lane, by a deliberate act caused the death of Tegan and it was done with intent to kill her, she should be found guilty.

Despite the great volume of evidence and the length of the trial, “the issues are very stark and simple indeed”.

“The resolution of those issues is not an easy one for you,” he added, adding it required great care and caution.

The judge referred to evidence about Lane having two terminations, three secret pregnancies and adopting out two of those children.

“Perhaps they are not decisions you or I would have made,” he said, but he told the jurors they were not to pass moral judgment on Lane.

He was continuing his address to the jurors, who are expected to retire on Monday.

Keli Lane, Do not get sucked in by the lies people


Murder trial ... Keli Lane walks to the Supreme Court with supporters and her legal team

I am really worried, very concerned.Not because I might be wrong,I am convinced she disposed of her children, but in particular, killed Tegan. But because if she is allowed to live a life, free from Jail, where she belongs, she will probably first bask in the limelight. But more importantly, have another child down the track that she does not care for and dispose of that child as well. There are so many facts in this case it i scary.Even scarier is the the way Defence teams become spin doctors and try to turn it all around.Great, that is their job, I do not know how they live with themselves doing it but we move on. If this woman is allowed to continue in society she will have more children with not an inkling of intent in keeping them. Children to Keli are an inconvenience, like last years outfits.

Have a look at this picture.It tells a lot about the woman.On trial for killing her baby and she has such an obsession with the attention, she goes out and gets fake blonde hair, and tips, foils whatever they are.Play it down a bit? No way I want to look as good as possible.This is my time in the spotlight I deserve… Well Keli I despise you and this week I hope you meet your maker and no juror gets trapped in the web of lies you have spun dear!

But to show I am not all that bad, read this by her defence team.Hopefully next well I can tick them off one by one when she is behind bars and all the hair salons and B list parties…

THERE were 20 key reasons the jury at the Keli Lane trial should have “reasonable doubt” about her guilt and acquit her of murdering her baby, a court heard yesterday.

Lane’s barrister Keith Chapple SC yesterday continued his closing address, saying he could point to 20 “things we don’t know” which contradicted the Crown case for a conviction.

“These are vital matters, we submit, members of the jury, they are not just waffle,” Mr Chapple said.

“I am not just a barrister going on, banging on about things, (and) this isn’t a movie that you see and go home and think, ‘Gee, it was a movie.’ This isn’t a movie.”

Lane has pleaded not guilty to murder, and not guilty to two counts of lying in documents used during the adoption of two other children, one born before and one after Tegan.

Mr Chapple submitted the Crown had not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, arguing:

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1. We do not even know that the alleged victim is dead.
2. If she is dead, we don’t know how she died.
3. If she is dead, we don’t know who caused the death, if anyone did – because we don’t know. It could have been an accident and people do terrible things to cover things up.
4. If Tegan lane is dead we don’t know that it was the deliberate act of Keli Lane that caused her death.
5. We don’t know that if … Keli Lane caused her death we don’t know that it was done with the intention to kill her.
6. We don’t know why evidence is ignored in the Crown case which contradicts their case, which doesn’t fit their theories.
7. We don’t know why a supposed motive (is alleged) when it’s really a motive for giving Tegan to the natural father, or it’s really a motive for adoption.
8. We don’t know why the investigation in this case, if it is so serious, was so poor. It lacked urgency from the word go … it passed from policeman to policeman and it’s still going on while the trial’s going on.
9. We don’t know why the search itself is done illogically, and indeed poorly, we submit.
10. We don’t know why it’s suggested why a person who led a life like Keli Lane did can’t make an arrangement with Tegan’s father like she said she did. It mightn’t be what a policeman or prosecutor would do, but in real life it’s the sort of thing ordinary people do.
11. We don’t know why the Crown even dreams up murder. There’s no eyewitnesses, there’s no scientific evidence, there’s nothing.
12. We don’t know why the Crown case has evidence changing after so long, during the trial itself, having things taken back from you and given new things, people saying things that are different.
13. We don’t know why … when (the jury heard she’d adopted children before and after Tegan) that you wouldn’t think that the evidence itself supports her when she said she gave Tegan to the natural father.
14. We don’t know why you would think a girl, who has no criminal record, would suddenly murder her own baby.
15. We don’t know know if Tegan’s name remained Tegan Lane or Tegan Lee Lane, and if it wasn’t that makes the searches in effective to start off with, we would submit, going to schools.
16. We don’t know if Andrew Morris/Norris is who he said he was.
17. We don’t even know if Andrew Morris was the age he said he was – how does (Keli Lane) know?
18. We don’t know if Tegan’s birth, under whatever name, was ever registered anywhere, except here, in fact, because of the search that was done.
19. We don’t know what it’s suggested – really – in the end, we submit the evidence is unclear and nobody has got a clock on it, what the passage of time really was between the time that Keli left the hospital and arrived at (her parent’s house in Fairlight).
20. We don’t know, with what we suggest are all of the problems in the case and no doubt there are others that you have seen … why it’s suggested that you would find Keli Lane guilty of murder when the onus of proof is on the Crown to prove the elements of the charge beyond reasonable doubt. There is no onus on Keli to prove anything. If they can’t prove the elements of the charge of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, it is your duty, members of the jury, to find her not guilty.

Justice Anthony Whealy is expected to begin his summing up to the jury today, with deliberations expected to begin by week’s end.