Australia 'Some relief' in carer's guilty plea

05:15  20 september  2021
05:15  20 september  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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The family of Adelaide cerebral palsy sufferer Ann Marie Smith says the carer who pleaded guilty to her manslaughter has finally "stood up to be counted".

a person posing for the camera: Ann Marie Smith's carer has faced the Supreme Court after pleading guilty to her manslaughter. © PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO Ann Marie Smith's carer has faced the Supreme Court after pleading guilty to her manslaughter.

Rosa Maria Maione had her bail continued on Monday in a brief appearance in the Supreme Court when he reaffirmed her earlier admissions to the unlawful killing.

She will return to court in December for the start of sentencing submissions.

Outside the court, Ms Smith's uncle Glenn Smith said while it was hard to "look at her and know what she's done" there was some relief in Maione's guilty plea.

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Guilty plea records tend to be so short that the decision arising in lengthy record cases of whether Relief is also available when the defendant has relied “upon representations of prison official which However, some attorneys have sought certificates to raise these issues because the published

the defendant pleads guilty to some , but not all, of the counts contained in the charging document, which reduced the potential sentence. nolo contendere (no contest). plea bargaining. the process by which a defendant pleads guilty to a criminal charge with the expectation of receiving some benefit from the state.

"She's finally stood up to be counted. But it's too late," Mr Smith told reporters.

He also questioned the checks conducted on Maione's conduct and said the carer must have known his niece was suffering.

"The sights, the smell. It's all obvious. How would you not know," he said.

Police previously alleged Ms Smith died of serious criminal neglect and her death was preventable.

The 54-year-old passed away in hospital in April last year from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment.

She had been found to be living in squalid conditions in her own home, largely confined to a cane chair, while under the care of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In the period leading up to the death, Maione had worked as her carer.

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Mr Robertson said on the question of whether it should have acted earlier to ban Maione, the commission had no information to take such action before Ms Smith's death.

Mr Smith said he hoped his niece, who had battled hard against her disability all her life, would be remembered as the "bright and cheery" person she was.

"She never ever bemoaned her situation. She never complained once," he said.

At an earlier court appearance, prosecutors had flagged seeking to revoke Maione's bail but the issue was not raised on Monday.

She will return to court on December 3.

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