Shock­ing stomp­ing

Ac­cused teen told po­lice ‘God’ told him to at­tack woman, 64

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

A 130KG teenager who al­legedly stomped a diminu­tive 64year-old woman to death in her Syd­ney drive­way dealt the fa­tal blows be­cause “God” told him to, court doc­u­ments sug­gest.

Imanueli Jone Degei – who would later al­legedly tell po­lice he was on a “bad high” at the time – had been dis­charged from a men­tal health fa­cil­ity two weeks ear­lier.

Court doc­u­ments de­tail how Zi­van Ga­jic watched from the drive­way of the Car­ra­mar unit he shared with flat­mate Kristina Kal­nic as then 18-year-old Degei stag­gered down the street in an ap­par­ent stu­por on Au­gust 25.

Degei ap­peared to have passed out in a flower bed when Mr Ga­jic called Ms Kal­nic to see if he was OK.

Degei had taken off his shoes when the 40kg Ms Kal­nic fol­lowed him down the drive­way. Wit­nesses have said that, with­out warn­ing, Degei lashed out once, punch­ing Ms Kal­nic in the head caus­ing her to drop to the ground.

“I got out of the car and started scream­ing ‘No, no, no don’t, please don’t do it’,” a wit­ness said, ac­cord­ing to the court doc­u­ments. But Degei al­legedly stomped on Ms Kal­nic’s head three times. She did not sur­vive her “mas­sive head in­juries”.

Degei was ar­rested at the scene and al­legedly told po­lice he had not taken his med­i­ca­tion that day but had smoked two “cones” of cannabis and was on a “bad high”.

“The sus­pect also in­formed the cus­tody sergeant he had taken some drugs that day as well as ‘Je­sus’,” po­lice doc­u­ments state. Degei told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he at­tacked Ms Kal­nic “be­cause God told me to ... be- cause she killed her hus­band”.

The doc­u­ments state the now 19-year-old is a di­ag­nosed schiz­o­phrenic, who was dis­charged from Birunji Men­tal Health Fa­cil­ity on Au­gust 8.

Degei’s mat­ter is due back in court on Tues­day for a foren­sic pro­ce­dure ap­pli­ca­tion.

De­fence lawyer Omar Juweinat wants the court to un­der­stand many lives were af­fected, in­clud­ing Degei’s.

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