A woman allegedly stabbed her mum repeatedly until she beheaded her, a court has heard. Jessica Camilleri, 27, is accused of murdering her mum Rita Camilleri, 57, by decapitating her. Rita's head was reportedly found near her home and in front of a neighbour's house in Sydney, Australia. The rest of her body was found on the kitchen floor in parts - including the tip of her nose, eyeballs and tongue, a trial was told. Ms Camilleri allegedly asked if her mum could be brought back to life if her head was reattached and her heart restarted.
The NSW Supreme Court has heard the horrific details of the gory death on the opening day of Ms Camilleri's trial on Tuesday, reports News.com.au. She denies murdering her mum in July 2019. It is not being contested that Ms Camilleri - who was 25 when her mum died - did behead her. Her defence lawyers say she was suffering from a mental impairment at the time caused by a psychiatric illness. The court heard Rita was so desperate to help her daughter that she paid a medium $2,500 (£1,000) to “get the demon out” of her. A friend of Rita and her other daughter, Kristy Torrisi, said she took her to a female “spirit communicator” in a "desperate" attempt to help her.
The trial has heard that Ms Camilleri enjoyed watching horror movies including the Jeepers Creepers film franchise which is based on a flesh-eating demonic creature, known as the ‘creeper’, who devours humans to replace its own body parts. The court heard there are chilling Facebook posts which showed Ms Camilleri was obsessed with horror films. She is said to have described the blood-filled Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie as her favourite. Crown Prosecutor Tony McCarthy told the court that Ms Camilleri admitted that she had killed her mum 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 lengthy history of assaulting people” and had taken her mum's head with her to show her neighbour. The court heard her mum was described as “overly protective and defensive” of her. After killing her mum Ms Camilleri phoned the emergency services and told them she was acting in self-defence.
She claimed her mum had grabbed her by the hair, dragged her to the kitchen and tried to stab her first, ABC News reports. Police found Ms Camilleri covered in blood and multiple knives, some broken, were found at the bloody scene. Ms Camilleri told police during an interview that her mum had been stabbed 85 times, ABC adds. Her sister, Kristy Torrisi, told the court Ms Camilleri had previously attacked an aunt and her mum-in-law by ripping out their hair. She added: "She liked horror movies where there was killing. She would rewind to certain parts." The court also heard Ms Camilleri would make threats to people in random prank calls including saying she would cut their head's off with a knife.
Ms Camilleri had been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, a "mild to moderate" intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, and her sister said she had been bullied at school. Defence counsel Nathan Steel told the jury to put emotion and sympathy to one side. “Due to the effects of her mental conditions, she had an impaired capacity at the time of the events,” he added. The trial is expected to continue for five days.