A woman is said to have stabbed her mother repeatedly until she decapitated her, a court has heard.
Jessica Camilleri, 27, is accused of murdering her mother Rita Camilleri, 57, by beheading her.
Rita’s head was reportedly found near her home and in front of a neighbor’s house in Sydney, Australia.
The rest of her body was found in parts on the kitchen floor – including the tip of her nose, eyeballs and tongue, a lawsuit was told.
Ms. Camilleri reportedly asked if her mother could be brought back to life if her head was reattached and her heart restored.
The NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the gruesome details of Ms. Camilleri’s gory death on the opening day of the trial. News.com.au.
She denies killing her mother in July 2019.
It is not disputed that Mrs. Camilleri – who was 25 when her mother died – beheaded her.
Her defense attorneys say she was mentally challenged at the time as a result of a psychiatric illness.
The court heard that Rita was so desperate to help her daughter that she paid an average of $ 2,500 (£ 1,000) to “get the demon out of her.”
A friend of Rita’s and her other daughter, Kristy Torrisi, said she took her to a female “mind communicator” in a “desperate” effort to help her.
During the trial, it has been learned that Ms. Camilleri enjoyed watching horror movies, including the Jeepers Creepers movie franchise based on a carnivorous demonic creature, known as the ‘creeper’, who devours humans to replace its own body parts.
The court heard there were chilling Facebook posts showing that Ms. Camilleri was obsessed with horror movies.
She is said to have described the blood-filled movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre as her favorite.
Crown Prosecutor Tony McCarthy told the court that Ms. Camilleri admitted to murdering her mother and repeatedly asked if someone could bring her back to life “if the head was cut off and her mother’s heart restarted.”
Mr McCarthy said that Ms. Camilleri “had a long history of attacking people” and that she took her mother’s head to show her neighbor.
The court heard that her mother was described as being “overly protective and defensive” of her.
After killing her mother, Mrs. Camilleri called emergency services and told them she was acting in self-defense.
She claimed her mother grabbed her hair, dragged her to the kitchen, and tried to stab her first, ABC news reports.
Police found Ms. Camilleri covered in blood and several knives, some broken, were found at the bloody site.
Ms. Camilleri told police during an interview that her mother had been stabbed 85 times, ABC adds.
Her sister, Kristy Torrisi, told the court that Ms. Camilleri had previously attacked an aunt and her mother-in-law by taking their hair off.
She added, “She liked horror movies that involved murders. She would rewind to certain parts.”
The court also heard that Ms. Camilleri would threaten people in random jokes, including saying that she would cut off their heads with a knife.
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Ms. Camilleri was diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, “mild to moderate” intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorder, and her sister said she had been bullied at school.
Attorney Nathan Steel told the jury to put emotion and sympathy aside.
“Due to the effects of her mental state, she had a reduced capacity at the time of the events,” he added.
The trial is expected to last five days.