Finally we are getting to the business end of this case. her baby “Vanished into thin air” hours after giving birth, yet she rocks up to a wedding that day and says nothing? This woman is a compulsive liar who disposed of her children because they got in the way of her social life at the end of the day. Why bother having them in the first place? Your days of freedom are very very numbered Keli…
Mark Tedeschi, QC, said Lane never intended taking any of the babies home but wanted a permanent solution to relieve her of the responsibility of caring for them.
He was giving the crown’s final address today in the NSW Supreme Court trial of Lane, 35, who has denied murdering her second baby, two-day old Tegan Lane, on September 14, 1996.
The jury has been told the former water polo champion .secretly adopted out her first and third babies
Mr Tedeschi said that on the one hand Lane had a “very successful, even enviable life”, having a good relationship with her parents and lots of “really, really good friends”.
The elite athlete had no shortage of boyfriends, including the “gorgeous” footballer Duncan Gillies, she was getting a good education and obtained a good job.
“But on the other hand, there were hidden parts of her life and it is these parts which were quite extraordinary,” he said.
From 1992 to 1999 she had five pregnancies – two which she terminated and three of which resulted in secret births and then permanent solutions, he said.
Lane was able to exercise “complete control” and composure after relieving herself of the children so nobody in her life realised anything was amiss.
“She was not prepared to run any risk of denting this image she had of herself, that she believed other people had of her, of being this successful golden girl,” Mr Tedeschi said.
Describing her as a “convincing” and successful liar, he handed the jurors a list of 95 alleged lies told to health and adoption workers between March 1995 and September 1999.
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, he said.
Mr Tedeschi said Mr Gillies was probably the father of Tegan, but Lane never told him of the pregnancy as he would have wanted the baby and suggested marriage.
Lane told police Tegan’s father was a man with whom she had a brief and secret affair and that she handed the infant over to him at the hospital.
But Mr Tedeschi contended no one had visited Lane in hospital.
“We know the accused had ample opportunity to kill Tegan,” he said, noting there was a four-hour period from when she left the hospital until she arrived at her mother’s.
This period gave her “plenty of time to go somewhere, murder Tegan, dispose of her body – if she did it then – and compose herself” before attending a wedding with Mr Gillies.
Mr Tedeschi is due to continue his address tomorrow