22 Apr 2011

Vanuatu mother sentenced to five years for killing her babies

10:18 am on 22 April 2011

An 18-year-old Vanuatu woman has been sentenced to 5 years and 11 months in jail after pleading guilty to killing her two newborn babies.

Vanuatu News reports that Malekula 18-year old Regina Mavaru dumped the babies, on two separate occasions, in a bush toilet on Santo in August 2008 and on Malekula last September.

The father of the babies was the young woman's step father who was also reported to have helped to deliver the babies.

He was last month sentenced to prison for having a sexual relationship with his step daughter.