Something many people did not know is that the former KTN anchor Esther Arunga had two other children besides the son who was murdered by the hubby, Quincy Timberlake.
After she was sentenced to a 10-month jail term on Thursday over the baby Sinclair Timberlake’s death, Esther was immediately freed on parole.
This opened the door for her to be reunited with her two daughters after a five-year separation.
Arunga lost custody of her daughters after the death of her three-year-old son Sinclair. At the time, her two children were placed in foster care after the death of their sibling.
They are both Australian citizens.
The Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Martin Burns in his rulling said Esther had suffered a “great deal” over the whole issue.
“You went from being a wife and a mother, who was at that time nursing a six-month-old baby and who was otherwise trying to establish your young family in a new county, to losing your son, husband and daughters,” he was quoted by 7news Australia.
Justice Burns concluded that Arunga’s cultural beliefs were a factor in initially misleading police.
“You must be taken to have been in shock at the death of your son at the times when you were interviewed … and further to be grieving at your loss,” he said.
“You clearly deferred to (your husband) for most of what you said and did and demonstrated a real sense of obligation to him.”
The former KTN anchor had on Monday pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact to manslaughter.
“I was terrified of being alone and I felt terrible because my husband was sick as well,” she confessed to the police as to why she did not speak up earlier, Australian Associated Press quoted.