Woman 'beheaded' by daughter in Sydney

 


Sydney woman Jessica Camilleri found not guilty over St Clair decapitation murder of mother

A young Sydney woman who decapitated her own mother in a “fit of rage” has been found not guilty of murder due to mental impairment.

Jessica Camilleri, 27, stabbed her mother Rita at least 100 times after an argument before taking her mother’s head from the kitchen of their St Clair home and placing it on a footpath outside.

She pleaded not guilty to murder in the NSW Supreme Court, using a partial defence of substantial impairment by abnormality of the mind due to a loss of control.

On Thursday, a jury found Camilleri not guilty over the murder charge due to mental impairment but guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Jessica Camilleri has been found guilty of manslaughter after decapitating her mother.
Jessica Camilleri has been found guilty of manslaughter after decapitating her mother. Credit: AAP/7NEWS

Last week, the jury heard that the 27-year-old asked police at the scene if doctors could work “miracles” and “sew her head back on”.

“No, that’s a bit of a stretch,” an officer told Camilleri on her neighbour’s front yard soon after the July 2019 homicide.

“So there’s nothing that can be done to bring her back?” she asked Senior Constable Anthony D’Agostino.

“I’m certain that once you lose your head, that’s it,” the officer replied.

Camilleri had suffered social, behavioural and learning difficulties including ADHD since she was a child, and was later diagnosed with conditions including anxiety, rage disorder, and autism spectrum disorder, the court heard.

She had a history of assaulting people - including random victims and relatives - and harassing and repeatedly threatening strangers over the phone, the court heard.

Rita Camilleri.
Rita Camilleri. Credit: 7NEWS

In a formal police interview the night of the stabbing, Camilleri said she’d been arguing with her mother about going to a mental health unit and knocked her mother’s phone away when the older woman dialled Triple Zero.

When her mother couldn’t find a second phone,“ she just lashed out in rage and grabbed me by the hair” and dragged the daughter to the kitchen, Camilleri said.

The jury heard 57-year-old Rita’s daughter was a horror movie fan, which contributed to her “sick thoughts”.

Detectives found eight copies of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and five of Jeepers Creepers following a search of the home.

Camilleri was seen almost hyperventilating before the verdict was handed down, with corrections officers telling her to breathe.

The judge thanked the jury for their decision over what had been a “particularly confronting” subject matter.

The 27-year-old faces a maximum 25 years behind bars and will be sentenced in February 2021.

- with AAP

 






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