A former Kenyan presidential candidate who killed his three-year-old son after believing he was possessed by aliens has avoided going to trial after pleading guilty to the boy’s manslaughter.
Quincy Zuma Wambitta Timberlake, 43, was charged with murder three months after his son Sinclair died in their Kallangur home, north of Brisbane, on June 18, 2014.
Timberlake was expected to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday.
The Crown accepted the guilty plea and withdrew the murder charge.
Timberlake had initially told police his son had fallen down the stairs and was not breathing when emergency services were called to the house in 2014.
The boy died a short time later despite the efforts of paramedics.
Quincy Timberlake is the husband of former KTN news anchor Esther Arunga.
Timberlake’s wife and the mother of his son, Esther Timberlake, later told police her husband had punched the young boy in the stomach and also threw him against a wall.
Mrs Timberlake has since been convicted for being an accessory after the fact to the boy’s manslaughter after she’d tried to mislead police about her husband hurting their son.
It was never suggested Mrs Timberlake had harmed her son.
The Crown prosecution case against Timberlake alleged he’d murdered his three-year-old because he’d believed the child was possessed by aliens who were residing in his stomach.
Crown prosecutor Caitlin Penfold accepted the guilty plea to manslaughter in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The judge-only trial was vacated, with a sentencing date set down for September 29 before Justice Paul Freeburn.
During pre-trial discussions, Justice Freeburn was told Timberlake had been diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia.
Timberlake announced in 2010 that he would run for president in Kenya under a political party he formed called PlaCenta.
He had co-founded the party with his wife and the founder of Kenya’s Finger of God church, Joseph Hellon.
The Timberlakes later migrated to Australia.