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Entertainment Jessica Camilleri was acting in self-defence when she allegedly murdered her mother by decapitation, court hears

06:51  01 december  2020
06:51  01 december  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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‘I took off her head’: Court hears graphic details of alleged murder . A Sydney court has heard extremely graphic details about how Jessica Camilleri killed her mother last year. After the attack on her mother , he said that Jessica had called triple-0 and claimed she was acting “ in self - defence ”.

Jessica Camilleri , 25, was charged with murder after her mother was found dead. Camilleri has appeared before local courts over the past five years Horrifically, Ms Camilleri was babysitting her four-year-old grandson - the son of her other daughter - when she was allegedly attacked by Jessica .

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A Sydney woman accused of murdering her mother by decapitation told police she wanted to give her "a taste of her own medicine", a jury has heard.

WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.

On the opening day of the trial of Jessica Camilleri, the NSW Supreme Court heard graphic details of her mother Rita's extensive injuries and the lead up to the alleged murder in July 2019.

The 27-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murder and will raise psychiatric illness and substantial impairment as part of her defence.

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Jessica Camilleri is accused of stabbing her mother Rita Camilleri , 57, to death. 25-year-old allegedly then cut off her head and tossed it onto a Jessica , who has a history of mental illness, is behind bars charged with murder . Sister Kristi Torrisi said she could not bring herself to talk about the

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Crown Prosecutor Tony McCarthy said the accused called triple-0 on the night of the alleged attack and claimed she was acting in self-defence.

She claimed her mother had grabbed her by the hair at their St Clair home, dragged her to the kitchen and tried to stab her first.

"You'll hear the accused say, 'I just kept stabbing and stabbing and stabbing her, I took off her head'," Mr McCarthy told the jury.

The court heard multiple knives were used during the incident and several had broken.

Rita Camilleri's body was found in the kitchen, while her head was found at the front of a neighbour's house.

When police arrived, Jessica Camilleri was on the street covered in blood and holding a bottle of water.

"She immediately told them she had killed her mother and pointed out the head that was on the footpath," Mr McCarthy said.

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"She repeatedly asked if someone could be brought back to life if the head was cut off and her mother's heart restarted."

Mr McCarthy said Ms Camilleri gave an account of an argument during a police interview, estimating she had stabbed her mother 85 times.

"The accused said she wanted to give the deceased a taste of her own medicine," he said.

Public defender Nathan Steel urged the jury to put emotion and sympathy to one side and decide the case based on the evidence.

He said Ms Camilleri endured "a build-up of stressors".

"Due to the effects of her mental conditions, she had an impaired capacity at the time of the events," he said.

The court heard Ms Camilleri had a history of ringing strangers and threatening decapitation.

Jurors were told she was also a fan of horror movies and her favourite film was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

"A feature of these movies was killing people violently and dismembering their bodies," Mr McCarthy said.

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She was arrested on suspicion of fraud, and later was officially charged with the crime. The court case lasted for three months before the jury found him guilty. Murder is the intentional killing of another person. It shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term of six to fifteen years.

Jessica Camilleri's sister, Kristy Torrisi, wiped away tears in the witness box as she recalled the aftermath of the incident and being woken by a 2:00am knock on the door from police.

She recalled her sister had spent years making prank phone calls to strangers and making threats against them, including wishing a woman in Victoria got cancer.

Ms Torrisi said her sister had previously attacked an aunt and her mother-in-law, both in a similar fashion by ripping at their hair.

She said she would regularly get angry with her mother, including when her horror movies were confiscated.

"She liked horror movies where there was killing," Ms Torrisi said.

"She would rewind to certain parts."

Ms Torrisi became worried about her mother becoming exhausted, and suggested her sister be moved to a group home for more support.

The court heard Ms Camilleri's diagnoses included dyslexia, ADHD, a "mild to moderate" intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.

The trial, before Justice Helen Wilson, is expected to run for five days.

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