A woman who allegedly beheaded her own mother says she “got stuck and stabbed” until her head “came off,” a court heard.
Jessica Camilleri, 27, is accused of stabbing her mother Rita, 57, more than 100 times before her decapitated head was found on the sidewalk outside the Sydney home.
Rita’s mutilated body was found on the kitchen floor when emergency services arrived at the bloody site.
The jury heard a phone call from Camilleri to a neighbor requesting that the police and an ambulance call.
The accused allegedly said her mother took a knife and tried to stab her before Camilleri snatched it from her.
Prosecutor Tony McCarthy said the jury would hear the telephone conversation in which Camilleri said, “I just kept stabbing and stabbing and stabbing her, I took her head off.”
Camilleri also allegedly took the decapitated head to show a neighbor, reports Knewz.
The court heard Camilleri allegedly had a history of harassing and repeatedly threatening random people over the phone, including threats to cut their heads off with a knife.
The jury was also told to expect evidence from Camilleri’s sister detailing her fascination with violent movies, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Jeepers Creepers.
Mr. McCarthy said, “The defendants had a long history of assaulting people. Some involved random victims and others were family members.”
A previous hearing also detailed how desperate Rita was 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.
Camilleri had been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, a “mild to moderate” intellectual disability and an autism spectrum disorder, and her sister said she had been bullied at school.
Camilleri denies killing her mother, but both the prosecutor and her attorney Nathan Steel agree that Camilleri carried out the stabbing.
The debate in court is currently focused on whether the charge should be reduced from murder to manslaughter because of the partial defense of significant mental degradation at the time.