NEWS — 13 August 2014

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By Shelley Marsden

The female Irish backpacker accused of concealing the birth of her baby in Australia has had her bail conditions changed so she can return to Ireland.

The move was made amid serious concerns about the 25 year old’s welfare, which Perth Magistrate’s Court was told this morning that had significantly worsened since she was charged with the offence – which relates to the reporting of all births, including when a baby dies of natural causes.

Applying for the removal of a condition which required the woman to surrender her passport, defence lawyer Karen Farley said the case could only be dealt with in the District Court and was a long time from being ready to proceed.

“I have had preliminary discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions as to the public interest in pursuing this matter … it is nowhere near their office at this stage,” Ms Farley told the court.

Ms Farley said her client, whose visa runs out next month, needed to be with her family and have their support. Her mother had been in Perth to support her daughter, but her visa expired.

 

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