Lindy Chamberlain says questions remain about death of her baby
Deputy NT Coroner Elizabeth Morris found that a dingo killed Azaria Chamberlain while the family was on a camping trip at Uluru in 1980, but Lindy says questions still remain.
ALTHOUGH an inquest has finally answered once and for all whether a dingo took her baby, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton says she still has many questions.
Speaking to a packed Darwin courtroom on Tuesday, Deputy NT Coroner Elizabeth Morris found that a dingo killed Azaria Chamberlain while the family was on a camping trip at Uluru, then more commonly known as Ayers Rock, in 1980.
Ms Chamberlain-Creighton said the finding was a “vindication” after years spent being questioned by the public, the media and the judiciary.
But she said “I still have many questions”.
“Why did (retired policeman) Frank Morris at the first inquest say, `I’m really sorry I was only doing my job?’ What was he apologising for?” she asked on Nine Network.
While she placed no blame with Mr Morris, Ms Chamberlain-Creighton said she believed some “personal ambition” was involved in the way her daughter’s death was handled.
“There was definitely some political intrigue in the Northern Territory … when people are dead you can tell the truth.”
Ms Chamberlain, as she was known at the time, was sentenced to life in prison in 1982 for murdering Azaria, and Michael Chamberlain was given a suspended sentence for being an accessory after the fact.
They were both exonerated in an 1987 royal commission.
Retired policeman Frank Morris said while he was not trying to blame anyone for the death of Azaria, he still believed clothes Azaria had been wearing were moved by a person or people.
“There has been human intervention; there is a number of ways we know that,” Mr Morris said on Tuesday.
“We don’t know who. That is the $64,000 question.”
The coroner’s finding came a day after Azaria would have celebrated her 32nd birthday.
“Birthdays are always hard to get over because they are the happy times,” Ms Chamberlain-Creighton said.
“I choose to remember the happy times.”
She said she would never “get over” the death of her daughter but has learned to deal with it better.
“You never forget.”
IMAGE: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton shows off the death certificate of daughter Azaria’s death certificate, as ex-husband Michael Chamberlain (left) watches on outside the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry in Darwin, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The certificate now reflects that the nine-week-old Azaria died from a dingo attack at Uluru in 1980, bringing to an end a 32-year fight by the Chamberlains. (AAP Image/Patrina Malone)