The mother of twins Chris and Cru Kahui has admonished New Zealanders for treating her "as a monster".
King gave an emotionally charged television interview to Campbell Live tonight following the release of a landmark coroner's report on the deaths of three-month-old boys.
Coroner Garry Evans implied the babies were killed by their father, Chris Kahui, who then lied under oath to cover his actions.
“If this was in the times of Jesus Christ I would have been stoned to death," King told Campbell Live.
“I’m not the world’s best mother but I care and I love them and I’ll do anything to protect my children.”
Her lawyer Marie Dyhrberg also spoke on her behalf, saying King was cooperative throughout the police investigation into the deaths of the twins, six years ago.
Evans' decision found Chris Kahui had sole custody and care of the twins during the afternoon and evening of Monday June 12, 2006, including a period of at least three minutes when he entered their room alone while others in the house were outside smoking.
King spoke of her relief at the findings, and her equal disgust that until now she was publicly treated as a suspect.
“People in New Zealand... collectively feel very ashamed at the way Macsyna King was treated, she was judged at the beginning," Dyhrberg said.
“The jury was contaminated... it was a dark and dangerous place, a trial by media.”
Dyhrberg said the perceived family "code of silence" following the twins’ death was a myth.
She said King spent 38 hours in police interviews before any arrests were made.
King was unfairly scrutinised for the time she spent away from her babies, visiting relatives and leaving the boys in the care of their father, Chris Kahui.
“Kahui was absent for a great deal of time, he was at the hospital with his mother," Dyhrberg said.
“There was unwarranted prejudice that the mother should be there at all times, what about the father?”
King had spent a night at an Accident and Emergency facility with her one-year-old son Shane Kahui because of a bronchial infection, and simply wanted a rest the following night.
King said she was not in a position to take an overseas holiday to Australia when she got tired, so she instead visited her sister in Auckland.
She cried throughout the 15 – 20 minute interview, complaining of prejudice she received from New Zealanders since her sons’ death.
“I just find it very hard to be able to express that love for my sons, my twins... I’ve never been able to mourn properly. People and cameras have been in my face. It’s hard, it’s really hard.”
King became angry at several points during the interview, once when speaking about the hours she spent in police interviews two days after the babies’ burial, and again when explaining the delay in getting the twins to hospital.
She spoke of anger towards Kahui for not going to the hospital with her.
“Chris never wanted to go to the hospital, he refused, he swore, he said he needed time out, he said a lot of things.”
She spoke in great detail of gathering the boys’ items in a nappy bag – their iron medication and Plunket book – to take them to the hospital.
When she returned to the car, Kahui was gone.
“He’d deserted us, he left the children in the car. I lost it. I ran into the house, I cried, I yelled.”
She drove the babies to Middlemore Hospital alone.
She recalls the panic on the faces of medical staff when she arrived with the twins, and her feelings of helplessness.
“Those were the first signs that something really big had happened to my sons ... It was scary, it was shocking. It was cold.”
She said she became “obsolete” as staff would not speak with her.
“I remember their faces ... I remember looking at (baby) Chris and realising his leg didn’t look right, it was hanging, just hanging there.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”
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