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Keli Lane Convicted

Keli Lane Convicted - Seconds after a Sydney jury found she had murdered her newborn baby, Keli Lane screamed ''oh no'' and collapsed with a thud on the dock floor.

Her anguished cry was echoed by her sobbing mother, Sandra Lane, while many of the obviously distressed jurors had tears in their eyes.

Almost everyone in the crowded New South Wales Supreme Court room seemed affected by the raw emotion before Justice Anthony Whealy adjourned the case so Lane could get medical help.

Keli Lane Convicted

The 35-year-old former water polo champion had denied murdering two-day-old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996, after they left Auburn hospital.

She claimed she handed the infant over to the baby's father but, despite nationwide searches, police found no trace of him or Tegan.

She was accused of murdering the infant and secretly adopting out two other babies so as not to dent her ''golden girl'' reputation.

The jury of six women and six men had been deliberating for a week without a verdict, when the judge yesterday afternoon gave them the option of a majority 11-one decision.

Earlier, he had delayed calling them into court to answer questions after being told ''some emotion is being experienced in the jury room''.

Keli Lane Convicted


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