October 25th, 1999
Anu Singh Singh was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, but was released early in 2001. During the 1998 trial, one of Singh's friends testified that she had been obsessed with her body since 1991 and had briefly taken Ipecac after Cinque mentioned it, something she was later angry with him for. She had told police that she had injected Cinque with heroin so that he would not interfere with a suicide attempt. Madhavi Rao was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and released on bail on 5 November. The prosecutor noted that both Singh and Rao had been indiscreet about their actions. Singh applied for bail in December, and a psychiatrist presented evidence of a personality disorder. Singh and Rao were tried jointly in October and November 1998, but this trial was aborted on 11 November, with Justice Ken Crispin saying that one of the pieces of evidence was problematic as it was unclear as to which of Singh or Rao it was admissible against. For the second trial, Singh elected to stand trial by judge alone, forgoing a jury. Helen Garner's 2004 book Joe Cinque's Consolation, published in the same month as her re-release from prison, was a widely publicised account of Singh's crime and trial, together with the Cinque family's response to it. The film would be partially funded by Screen Australia. The film, also called Joe Cinque's Consolation, was given a cinematic release in 2016.