Aussie mum won’t stand trial

New Straits Times - - World -

BRISBANE: A mother who stabbed to death her seven chil­dren and a niece in north­ern Aus­tralia in 2014 will not stand trial for mur­der be­cause she was suf­fer­ing cannabis-in­duced schizophre­nia when she lost con­trol, ac­cord­ing to a court judg­ment re­leased yes­ter­day.

Raina Thai­day stabbed her­self 35 times af­ter killing the chil­dren, aged 2 to 14, at her home in Cairns on Dec 19, a month af­ter her delu­sions be­gan.

The Queens­land state Men­tal Health Court ruled a month ago that Thai­day, then 37, had been of “un­sound mind” when the chil­dren were slain. State law kept the rul­ing from be­ing made pub­lic un­til yes­ter­day.

She will be held in­def­i­nitely in a high-se­cu­rity ward of a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal here.

Thai­day had been smok­ing up to 20 cones of mar­i­juana a day when she de­vel­oped se­vere schizophre­nia in late 2014, the court heard. AP

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