A woman who said she has had to spend weeks with her cats locked up in her home is being told they will not be charged with the murder of her daughter.
Key points:A court in the ACT heard an accused cat killed his young daughter last yearThe court heard he left the pet in a shed where he could not be spottedThe mother had left her cat alone in the shed for three weeks when she died, the court heardAn Adelaide woman who was charged with murder for her cats killing her daughter last December said she is happy to accept her cats will be released to her but will not receive a compensation payment.
Kimberly Molloy, 47, was charged by the ACT Supreme Court last year with two counts of murder.
A third charge was dropped and the trial is continuing.
Ms Molloys family said she was devastated when her daughter died in December last year, with the cause of death still being unknown.
The family said the charges against her were a “huge waste of time and money” and that she should have received a payment from the Cats Protection Fund for the damage caused to her property.
“I can only accept that the cats will now be returned to me to live in my home and that the money that I received will be donated to the Cats Action Foundation,” Ms Mollows father said.
“Kimberley Mollory’s case is a sad reflection of the lack of compassion that is so prevalent in the criminal justice system in Australia.”
She told the court that her cats were “living in a box in a house that is literally not theirs”.
“They were living in a place where they could not even be seen by the neighbours, let alone be in a bedroom,” she said.’
No justice’Ms Molls daughter, Emma Mollos, died in January 2016, aged three months.
The father said he was “really shocked” by the charge, saying he could have dealt with the issue differently.
“They [the police] are not responsible for anything,” he said.
The court was told the father had a history of violence against women, but the court was also told he was not the only family member to have had an incident with the cat.
The case was adjourned until the next hearing.
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