She thought she was saving them from a worse homicide
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In the defence’s opening statement barrister Eric Wilson said although his client knew it was wrong to kill her children “she didn’t appreciate the moral wrongfulness of doing so”.
Crown prosecutor Max Pincott called forensic psychiatrist Dr Jonathon Adams as its first witness and he told the court the woman believed she had “no choice”.
“She believed in killing her two sons she was saving them from a worse homicide,” he said in his report.
“I think there is reasonable grounds to say she does suffer from mental illness which is not caused by the use of illicit substances. home just hours after the murder and attempted murder.
Mr Falzon described, in his statement which was summarised, the woman as “soaked” and had a large gash on her leg.
The court also heard the statement of Robert Cooper, who pulled the surviving boy from the water.
“He was naked and covered in blood,” he said in his statement, also summarized by the judge.
“You will save me Bobby,” the young boy said to Mr Cooper. “I am the only survivor.” The trial continues today and will begin with the second interview of the surviving son.
It is expected to go until Friday.