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Mother charged with murdering baby, father with concealing body.

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Below is the sad story of a newborn baby murdered (allegedly) by his mother, to whom the baby obviously had so little value that he was never named or even had his birth registered, before his short and no doubt traumatic life was ended and his body unceremoniously buried in the back yard (allegedly) by his father.

Mother to face trial over baby’s death.

A young South Auckland woman accused of murdering her newborn baby has pleaded not guilty and will go on trial next July. Kulukora Akau’ola, 22, from Otahuhu, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

Akau’ola was initially charged with assault on a child after the baby boy’s body was found in a makeshift grave in the backyard of an Otahuhu house on June 2. Police upgraded the charge to murder in August.

Akau’ola’s trial, expected to take two weeks, will begin on July 16 next year. Earlier this month the baby’s father, 29-year-old Christian Afoa from Mangere, had his sentencing deferred after pleading guilty to concealing the baby’s body.

At Afoa’s latest court appearance in the Manukau District Court, his lawyer Panama Le’au’anae said he was seeking a discharge without conviction. Le’au’anae has previously said Afoa accepted his role in concealing the baby’s body, but had no knowledge of anything Akau’ola had allegedly done to the child because he was not there.

Police believe the baby was born on May 26 – a week before his body was discovered. Akau’ola was living with her parents at the time of the baby’s birth, and police said it is not believed they knew she was pregnant.

They said they found the grave after being tipped off by “someone who had some first-hand knowledge of where it was buried”. The baby’s birth was never registered, and he did not have a name. Akau’ola was remanded on bail until her trial.

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