A man who threw his pregnant girlfriend’s baby into the pool of her own blood to help save it has been sentenced to two years in prison.
The 34-year-old was found guilty of murdering 29-year‑old Melissa O’Hara, who had given birth to the girl after he had abandoned her at her house in the Northern Territory in September.
O’Haras body was found at a secluded area in a remote area of the Northern Territories, a day after the baby had been found in the same area.
She was taken to hospital with injuries to her abdomen, face and neck, and later died.
Her baby, named Sophie, was born in hospital in October, the same day O’Haras body had been discovered.
The court heard that O’Brien had been on a date with another woman at a house in Northland in October.
He said he had been drinking at the time, and was taking medication for anxiety.
In the court, the Crown said O’Connor had been pregnant with Sophie when she disappeared.
The prosecution argued O’Brian’s actions were an act of murder, saying he had a long history of alcohol-related offending, and that he had used a gun and a knife to kill O’Halloran.
The jury heard that the couple’s home in the remote Northern Territory had been burgled and their mobile phone was taken.
The trial heard O’Connor and O’Connors baby had also been abandoned.
The judge told O’Neil she would be sentenced to one year and eight months for the murder and the manslaughter of Sophie, and one year for O’Donnell for the assault and battery with a weapon.
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,courts-and+crime,nevada-2375,parkland-4810,parklands-6215,nsw,australiaFirst posted November 15, 2019 08:00:49Contact Sue LeeMore stories from Northern Territory