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.

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