Former new anchor Esther Arunga was on Thursday released on parole after she had been sentenced to a 10-month jail term following the murder case of her three year old son.
Esther Arunga pleaded guilty to having lied about the circumstances of her son’s death.
Arunga told Justice Martin Burns at the Supreme Court in Brisbane that she lied to protect her husband Quincy Timberlake.
According to Nairobi news, the news agency reported that the 38-year-old was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the manslaughter of Sinclair Timberlake, who suffered fatal injuries at his family home at Kallangur, north of Brisbane, in June 2014.
Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court on Monday that Ms Arunga had called the emergency services where she reported that the boy had fallen down the stairs.
Autopsy results however showed that the boy’s death was caused by severe blunt force such as punching or stamping which doesn’t occur after a fall.
Mr. Boyle pointed out that while Ms Arunga kept the lie for 26 days, she could hold it any longer so she opened up after her husband was taken for a mental evaluation.
Mr Boyle further said that Ms Arunga kept up the lie for 26 days only to open up when her husband was taken for a mental evaluation.
“I was terrified of being alone and I felt terrible because my husband was sick as well,” she confessed to the police as to why she did not speak up earlier, AAP quotes.
Mr Boyle said that although Ms Arunga had not interfered with evidence, she had played a part in delaying the investigations and the arrest of the suspect.
Ms Arunga legal team told the court she had made a “voluntary correction” to police and her deception was due to “cultural factors” and attempts to protect her husband’s mental health.