Witnesses have revealed shocking information about Quincy Timberlake and his wife Esther Arunga.
The confessions reveal concerns on the mental health of two as well as their treatment of their dead boy in his last days.
During a committal hearing at the Brisbane magistrate’s court, the two had told the Australian Immigration Department that they lived in a cave in Kenya, where they gave their son paracetamol so that his cries would not alert the authorities or attract wild animals.
Ms Christina Carroll, a friend of the family, said she saw straight line cuts on Sinclair’s forehead months earlier after a visit to Mr Timberlake in Singapore.
“It looked like he’d been cut with a razor or a knife,” she said. “It was discolored, like it’d been healed.”
When she asked Ms Arunga what had happened, the mother said Sinclair had fallen down a staircase. She added that Ms Arunga appeared “bewitched” when she returned home and talked about “zombies invading the world and eating people”.
“She talked about voodoo and other occult stuff; it was crazy,” Ms Carroll said.
Another witness, Ms Gertrude Marutawana, said she observed scars on Sinclair’s back during a visit to the Timberlakes’. She said Ms Arunga had told her she had been accused of being a witch in Kenya, and that her son had been beaten as punishment.
Meanwhile, Ms Deborah Stanley claimed that Mr Timberlake had insulted her over the phone before he arrived in Australia after she started teaching Ms Arunga about the Bible.
“He was swearing… yelling at me, calling me names and telling me that I was turning his wife against him. He said Esther was under his control,” she said.
Ms Jennifer Pearce, a paramedic, told the court that she was shocked by how calm Mr Timberlake appeared throughout the entire ordeal.
“He didn’t speak fast,” said Ms Pearce. “He wasn’t rushed in his thoughts.”
She said they tried a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child for 25 minutes but the boy did not breathe. He died on his bedroom floor.
Ms Arunga and Mr Timberlake, who met at the Finger of God Church in Nairobi and were hastily married in 2010, courted controversy before they relocated to Australia. They claimed they were being targeted because of the political ambitions soon after they launched the Placenta Party of Kenya.
This Thursday, Australian judge Martin Burns will determine Arunga’s fate when he reads his verdict against the once high-flying lawyer and journalist who founded a church and tried her hand at politics in 2010.
This is after Arunga on Monday told an Australian court that she lied to police about the circumstances that led to her three-year-old son’s death on June 18, 2014.
She said she did it to protect her husband. She also pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder and faces up to 25 years in jail.
At the time, the duo claimed their son, Sinclair, was playing with his younger brother when he fell down a staircase.
Meanwhile, Quincy’s mother is breathing fire.
“That is a lie. I don’t understand what she means since she is the one who said that their son did not die at the hands of her husband,” Ms Wambita said.
“Where was she all this time? This is peculiar to me (sic). It is a lie. I don’t understand it.”
Sitting on a plastic stool in her one-bedroom house, Ms Wambita — who described Timberlake as a God-fearing child — said she does not believe her daughter-in-law’s testimony.
“When it comes to death, people can change. In this case, I say no,” she said.
“If my son is a murderer, why did she accept to live with a killer?”
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