Azaria Dingo Attack

December 19, 2011 by staff 

Azaria Dingo Attack, A fourth inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain is overdue, writes Malcolm Brown. THE real mystery of the Azaria Chamberlain case is why, after the royal commissioner Trevor Morling released his finding on June 2, 1987, it has taken the judicial system so long to get round to pronouncing that a dingo took the young girl.

In 1987,Justice Morling, after an exhaustive inquiry, said that a judge with full access to the facts as then revealed to the royal commission would have been obliged to instruct a jury to acquit.

He rejected virtually all the Crown scientific evidence and found a host of material, which had always been available, supporting the dingo attack hypothesis. It included dingo paw prints, canine hairs, drag marks, vegetation consistent with dragging through brush, and evidence from campers that they had heard a dingo growl.

Advertisement: Story continues below At the end of the day, when evidence of foetal haemoglobin in blood found in the car had been disposed of – there being no blood at all, or an inconsequential amount – along with other Crown scientific evidence, the only scientific evidence left standing supported the dingo hypothesis.

Evidence of the propensity of dingoes in certain situations to attack children is now available, and a fourth inquest to be held in February will consider it.

At the time of the attack, there had also been a series of incidents indicating dingoes had lost their natural fear of man in the region of Ayers Rock.

Amanda Cranwell, 3, had been dragged by a dingo from her parents’ car on June 23, 1980, less than two months before Azaria died. That evidence was not available at the trial, but people knew there had been an incident. Rangers had put up signs at the Ayers Rock campsite warning people not to feed dingoes.

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