Esther Arunga has been sentenced to ten months of parole for being an accessory to the murder of her son.
On Monday, the former TV presenter admitted to misleading the police by lying about her son’s death and confessed that her husband Quincy punched the kid in the stomach and threw him up the wall where he succumbed to his injuries.
Husband Quincy Timberlake was charged with the murder of their son Sinclair.
Earlier, speculations went round that she could serve 25 years in prison. However, Thursday’s sentencing proved otherwise.
Judge Martin Burns of Queensland Court Australia observed that Arunga’s misfortunes were brought about by her beliefs as she tried to raise a family in a foreign land and losing her son in the process.
What does it mean for Esther to be on parole?
Parole is where a person is released from prison subject to certain conditions.
According to the office of the Attorney General Australian Government, the general conditions for a person found guilty during parole include:
- Reporting to their parole officer
2. Keeping the parole officer informed of any changes of residential address or job
3. Requesting permission from the relevant authorities for any travel interstate or overseas.
If further means shall Esther shall attend counseling, courses and meetings offered by the Australian correctional service.
The parole officers shall constantly supervise Arunga and observe her interactions with others, communication, relationships and home stability.
Esther will also be required to stay away from drugs and alcohol during her parole.
After her ten months of parole, officers from the Probation and Parole section of Queensland Corrective Services will carry out surveillance to check whether her risk level is appropriate.
If Esther breaches her parole orders, her parole would be cancelled, or suspended and taken back to prison.