The Brisbane Supreme Court, on Thursday, sentenced Esther Arunga to 10 months in jail but immediately fred on parole over the murder of her son, Sinclair Timberlake.
Arunga was charged as an accessory to murder for misleading the police after her three-year-old son died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
She admitted that she lied in order to protect her husband, Quincy Timberlake.
Justice Martin Burns sentenced the former TV anchor to 10 months in jail but also released her immediately, on parole.
Parole in Western Australia is granted to prisoners who comply with prison rules and show a commitment to maintaining a positive lifestyle and to becoming a valuable member of the community.
In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Burns is quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying that he was sympathetic to her situation when she spoke to the police investigating her son’s death.
Arunga risked a 25-year jail term.
For a lawyer-cum journalist who had a stellar newscasting career in Kenya, many will be relieved to learn that she may get back home, based on diplomatic efforts between Kenya and Australia.
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