Kay Nesbit

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Kay Nesbit is a victim's rights advocate and public speaker in Australia. Nesbit suffered a shotgun wound that eventually led to 57 operations to reconstruct her face. She later became a victim's rights advocate, public speaker and ran for office in Victoria.

Biography[edit]

Nesbit grew up on a farm in New Zealand near Christchurch.[1] In 1977, she moved to Melbourne.[1]

Nesbit's flatmate, had been trying to avoid her boyfriend.[1] Nesbit was shot on 11 September 1985 after she told Paul Terrance Mallinder via note that her flatmate didn't want to see him anymore.[2][3][4] Nesbit survived the gunshot, but lost her jaw, part of her nose and her right eye.[5] To help her out, more than $205,000 was raised on her behalf in 1986.[6] The medical team at Alfred Hospital who reconstructed her face used other parts of her body to repair her damaged face.[7][3][8] By 1993, she had completed 31 surgeries at Alfred Hospital.[9] Eventually, she would have a total of 57 operations.[10]

She has become an advocate for victims' rights.[11] Nesbit began to start public speaking and telling her story in 1999.[12] She stood in the 2002 Victorian state election as an independent but was not elected.[4]

Nesbit's attacker, Mallinder, was found not guilty of "wounding with intent to cause murder" but guilty of "wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm"[13] and sentenced to the maximum permissible 15 years in prison, which was reduced on appeal to 13 years with an 11-year non-parole period.[14] He was released from prison after serving seven years.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Birnbauer, Bill (20 June 1986). "Resilience, Warmth, the Keys to Rebuilding a Shattered Life". The Age. p. 14. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ Daly, Martin (17 November 1992). "Nesbit Is In Fear of Her Life". The Age. p. 6. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ a b Birnbauer, Bill (5 May 1987). "Rib Forms a New Cheek for Kay Nesbit". The Age. p. 3. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ a b c Kay Nesbit, George Negus Tonight, ABC Television, 24 September 2003.
  5. ^ "A Baby Borne of Love and Pain". The Age. 14 October 1990. p. 21. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Appeal for Shotgun Victim Tops $205,000". The Age. 18 October 1986. p. 13. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ Birnbauer, Bill (20 June 1986). "Resilience the Key to Rebuilding a Broken Life". The Age. p. 1. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Another Step in the Remaking of a Face". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 May 1987. p. 6. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ Young, Leith (18 March 1993). "Special Surgery for Kay Nesbit". The Age. p. 3. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ Francis, Rosemary (30 July 2008). "Nesbit, Kay". The Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Catalano, Antony (7 July 1992). "Nesbit Urges Second Chance for Attacker". The Age. p. 3. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ Elder, John (29 August 1999). "The Face of Outrageous Fortune Goes Public". The Age. p. 8. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ Kay has new lease of life, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 1986. (Google News Archive)
  14. ^ Court reduces jail term for Kay Nesbit gunman, The Age, 28 August 1986. (Google News Archive)

Further reading[edit]

  • Birnbauer, Bill (1989). Face value : the Kay Nesbit story. Ringwood: Penguin. ISBN 0140107746. 

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