Joe Cinque’s Consolation: Helen Garner

In October 1997 a young law student at the Australian National University, Anu Singh, made a bizarre plan to murder her boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the the dinner guests, also mostly law students, had previously acquired for Singh, the heroin with which he was murdered, and had taught Singh how to inject, on the assumption she was going to kill herself. They said they did not believe she would, or that she would murder Joe.

Anu Singh and her best friend were charged with murder.

Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court. She became very involved, to the point of emotional involvement with the Cinque family.

The book is interesting, and frightening. To think that such a callous act could go virtually unpunished was something I found quite shocking. Additionally, the issues of duty of care and duty to act are examined in the book, and found lacking…

Its worth reading.

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