Samah Baker Human remains found in New South Wales grasslands have been identified as those of murder victim Samah Baker. Baker’s on-again, off-again partner, James Hachem, was convicted last year of her January 2019 murder. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison in May of this year.
On July 28 this year, a woman found human remains in a meadow about 100 meters south of the Windellama flyover in Goulburn.
Police confirmed this morning that those remains had been identified as those of Baker. In a statement, the Baker family said the pain over Samah’s death continues as each development in the case occurs.
“The news of the discovery of her remains four and a half years later is not a clear-cut solution, but it offers a small measure of what we have been longing for all along,” the Baker family said. “Each development in the case feels like a reopening of our barely healed wounds, reminding us of the harsh reality of our loss.
“Although Samah’s remains have been found, it is like losing her again.” The full statement can be read below. Baker, 30, from Sydney, was in a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with Hachem, 37, since they met at work in 2015. She ended the relationship with Hachem on multiple occasions and finally found a new partner in December 2018.
The court was told Hachem waited outside her flat in his car and spied on Baker while she was out on a date, and became enraged when he saw the pair kissing in the early hours of January 4. He then made up a story about her parents’ involvement in a car accident to get Baker out of her apartment before killing her. She later went to Bunnings and bought several items, including a double sheet, gloves, cleaning products and a digging trowel, before driving to isolated areas of rural New South Wales. Baker’s body had not been found at the time of Hachem’s sentencing.
On Friday, January 4, 2019, Samah was taken from us in the most cruel way. In the years that followed, our grief was compounded by the fact that we were unable to hold a funeral or bury her. We never got to say goodbye to her or tell her that we loved her one last time.
The news of the discovery of her remains four and a half years later is not a clear resolution, but it offers a small measure of what we have been longing for all this time. Each development in the case feels like a reopening of our barely healed wounds, reminding us of the harsh reality of our loss. Although what’s left of Samah has been found, it feels like losing her all over again.We ask for privacy as we face our pain.