Zahra’s dad hoping to return to Australia next week

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The former home of murdered 10-year-old Zahra Baker in Hickory, North Carolina.
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THE father of murdered disabled schoolgirl Zahra Baker hopes to be back in Australia next week.


Adam Baker, who was cleared by US authorities of any involvement in the murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old cancer survivor Zahra in 2010, is expected to agree to a plea deal in a North Carolina court after being charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretences.

It is alleged he used a relative’s name to hook up electricity to his North Carolina home.

After meeting with his lawyer Mark Killian and prosecutors, it was announced Baker would return to the Catawba County Superior Court today.

Baker, 34, also faces nine other charges, including two counts of communicating threats and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

He is not expected to serve jail time.

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Killian said he hopes both sets of charges will be resolved today and Baker will be on a plane back to Australia next week.

“(Baker) hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work and do things any normal citizen will do,” Killian told reporters.

Baker, 34, met self-described American gothic Elisa Baker on the internet. They married in Queensland and moved with Zahra to Elisa’s home state of North Carolina in 2008.

Elisa pleaded guilty to Zahra’s horrifying murder and dismemberment last September and was sentenced to 14 to 18 years’ prison.

Elisa will also appear in a North Carolina court today when it is expected her lawyer and prosecutors will announce a plea deal for seven drug charges involving prescription painkillers.

Baker has been given custody of his daughter’s remains and has stated his desire to take them back to Australia.

Zahra suffered during her short life.

She was abandoned by her biological mother following her birth in Wagga Wagga and at the age of five she had her lower left leg amputated after being stricken with bone cancer.

Zahra was reported missing from the family’s Hickory home on October 9 and her body parts and prosthetic leg were found dumped in bushland outside of Hickory.

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