Our thanks to Sam for this. Extracts:
A new mother who throttled her baby daughter to death with a pair of knickers within minutes of giving birth in her bathroom has been spared jail.
Gintare Suminaite, 30, killed her child, the product of a secret affair with a fellow Lithuanian, at the bedsit she shared with her boyfriend on April 5 last year.
Last month, the defendant, from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, denied murder but admitted infanticide as she was mentally disturbed by the effects of giving birth…
Following her arrest, Suminaite said she strangled her baby but did not know why…
She said she did not know why she did it as she had no mental problems.
The judge’s account in the article ends with this:
‘At the time of giving birth your were in a state of extreme anxiety and panic amounting to a temporary impairment of the balance of your mind.’
The more obvious explanation for her murder of the baby, that she had tried to hide the evidence of her affair, appears – from the newspaper account, at least – not to have been considered. The woman didn’t even have to appear in court in person, and needless to say she complied with an unwritten rule for women being charged with offences, copious weeping:
The defendant, who appeared in court by videolink from Bronzefield jail, wept throughout the hearing.
Women are above the law to a degree unfathomable to men. It is unimaginable that if it had been a man who had killed the baby girl – the baby’s father, perhaps – he might have walked free from the court? What value does the sentence place on the baby girl’s life? None. Any woman reading about the case – and similar cases – will know she can murder her new-born baby, and not serve a prison sentence.
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