DARWIN, AUSTRALIA (CNN) – Its taken 32-years, the most famous legal battle in Australian history, jail time, a broken marriage and a divided nation. Now, the file has finally been ‘closed’ on the Azaria Chamberlain case. A Darwin Coroner has accepted that a Dingo DID kill the nine week old baby. She also tearfully sympathized with the Chamberlain family.
They arrived at court separately one final time, Lindy with son Aiden by her side. In court Lindy and Michael sat together, their new families giving support.
For more than thirty years they’ve been waiting. Then, finally what they’d always known about Azaria.
With her voice breaking coroner Elizabeth Morris offered this.
She told them a new death certificate was ready.
The applause was spontaneous.
Lindy reached for her son, hugging him, weeping. He was six at the time.
She then hugged her lawyer.
And finally her former husband.
Divided by grief, but reunited briefly once more.
As they emerged, the full impact hit.
“I wasn’t going to cry but I think Aiden set me off. Obviously we’re relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga.”
a legal saga which took too long.
“If you think you’re right, never give up on getting it right.”
the family then made the short walk around here to the births deaths and marriages offices to pick up that death certificate that will now say, a Dingo took Azaria.
For Mr. Chamberlain who wept several times throughout, a sense of the legal difficulties they had faced.
“Don’t try and get a fourth inquest you will never get justice in an NT jurisdiction. The truth now out.”
“This battle has been a terrifying battle. Bitter at times but now some healing.”
and a chance to finally put Azaria to rest.