Macsyna King – ‘I’ve been painted as a monster’
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 6:02p.m.
By Emma Brannam
Chris Kahui is now speaking only through his lawyers, and is still denying any involvement in the deaths of his twin sons.
But their mother, Macsyna King, has spoken exclusively to Campbell Live, and says she has been painted as a monster.
“I've been painted as a monster, somebody who didn't give a damn, who paid no attention,” says Ms King.
“I loved my children. I love my children.”
The coroner says it was Mr Kahui who was responsible for the babies’ deaths, saying their injuries were inflicted while in his “sole custody and care”.
His behaviour before the babies were taken to hospital was "incompatible with what might reasonably be expected of a caring father who had nothing to hide."
The evidence he gave was "unreliable, conflicting and on many occasions untrue”.
And the allegation that Macsyna King inflicted the twins' injuries was "unsupported by the evidence".
Ms King’s lawyer Marie Dyhrberg says the findings come as no surprise.
“She knew herself that she did not injure those twins, now everyone will know that,” says Ms Dyhrberg.
Mr Kahui calls the coroner's findings "completely inconsistent" with his previous acquittal on the murder charge brought by police.
But new evidence was heard by the coroner including testimony from international medical experts about how the babies went without food for more than 20 hours, and of the delays in getting them to hospital.
The coroner clearly states he is only concerned with questions of fact. How the twins came to meet their deaths is quite different to whether Kahui bears any responsibility under criminal law.
So could Mr Kahui now be charged with something else, like failing to provide the necessaries of life?
Constitutional law expert Professor Bill Hodge says it is debatable.
“The Crown might say that is a totally separate free standing independent charge, independent offence or crime. The defence will say oh no that is a subset of culpable homicide,” he says.
The police say they are still considering the evidence heard at the inquest.
Watch Macsyna King's full interview with John Campbell
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