Fijian Mother, 24, Is Allowed To STAY In Australia Despite Smothering Her Baby Girl To Death & Dumping Her Body In A Creek Before Telling Police An African Man Had Kidnapped Her Daughter!
Sofina Nikat was charged with murdering Sanaya in April 2016 but will continue to walk free in Australia after the federal government rejected the call to deport the mother back to Fiji.
The 24-year-old was sentenced to a 12-month community correction order by the Victorian Supreme Court after being convicted of infanticide.
Nikat, who spent 529 days in custody on remand, will remain in the country after not qualifying to have her visa automatically cancelled, The Herald Sun reported.
The mother has a lack of criminal history and suffered from post-natal depression where she believed her tiny daughter was ‘possessed’ by evil spirits.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton did not decide to keep Nikat in Australia but was satisfied by the departmental delegate’s settlement, according to the publication.
Sameer Sahib married his now ex-wife through an arranged marriage and said he wants Nikat exported so there can be ‘justice for (his) daughter’.
The 24-year-old took her daughter for a walk to a park in the pram before suffocating the infant and dumping the limp body into Darebin Creek, north of Melbourne.
Nikat then returned home and told family and police an African man – who smelled heavily of alcohol – snatched her baby.
A week later, the mother admitted the story was made up ‘because she was scared’.
The prosecutor said a psychologist found Nikat suffered from a depressive illness as a result of giving birth to Sanaya in January 2015.
For infanticide to be accepted as a crime, the offender has to prove depression where a maximum jail sentence in Victoria is five years and 25 years in NSW.
One of the little girl’s aunts, Zaharaa Sahib, wrote on Facebook at the time that the ‘stupid law disappointed us again’.
‘She is gonna live her life while we all still have remorse for the rest of our lives. Lost all hope in our Australian law. But I guess it’s over, just praying this never happens to anyone,’ she wrote.
A department spokesman said the government takes the ‘responsibility to protect the community from the risk of harm posed by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct … very seriously’.
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge March 20th, 2018