'Daughter 'kept stabbing mom until eyes popped out and head came off'

'Daughter 'kept stabbing mom until eyes popped out and head came off'

A woman allegedly stabbed her mum until her eyes popped out and her head came off, a court has heard.

Jessica Camilleri, 27, is accused of murdering her mum Rita Camilleri, 57, by decapitating her after she paid a medium £1,000 to oust a ‘demon’ from her daughter, the trial in Sydney, Australia, was told.

Rita Camilleri, 57, was found decapitated in Sydney, Australia.


Jessica Camilleri 'had a lengthy history of assaulting people' the court heard.

Rita's decapitated head was found on the footpath near her home, in front of a neighbour's house.

The remainder of the grandmother's body was found in parts on the kitchen floor, including the tip of her nose, eyeballs and tongue, Crown Prosecutor Tony McCarthy told the jury.

The NSW Supreme Court has heard horrific details of the gory death on the opening day of Jessica Camilleri's trial, reports News.com.au.

Jessica Camilleri has pleaded not guilty to murdering her mum in July 2019.

It is not contested that Ms Camilleri - aged 25 at the time of her mum's death - did behead her.

Jessica Camilleri was found covered in blood at the scene.

Her defence lawyers say that psychiatric illness caused a substantial mental impairment at the time.

Rita had been so desperate to help her daughter that she paid a medium $2,500 (£1,000) to “get the demon out” of her, the court heard.

She took her to a female “spirit communicator” as "she was desperate for anything to help", a friend of Rita and her other daughter, Kristy Torrisi, said.

The trial has heard that she enjoyed horror movies including the Jeepers Creepers film franchise.

Police at the scene in St Clair, Sydney in July 2019.

The footpath outside the property was marked by forensics officers.

A knife was seized for forensic examination, said the New South Wales police.

Detectives established a strike force to further investigate the brutal death.

This is based on a flesh-eating demonic creature, known as the ‘creeper’, who devours people to replace its own body parts.

Chilling Facebook posts showed how she was obsessed with horror films, including the blood-filled Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which she described as her favourite, the court heard.

“A feature of these movies was killing people violently and dismembering their bodies,” Mr McCarthy said.

"You'll hear the accused say, 'I just kept stabbing and stabbing and stabbing her, I took off her head'," he told the jury.

The prosecutor added: "She immediately told them she had killed her mother and pointed out the head that was on the footpath.

"She repeatedly asked if someone could be brought back to life if the head was cut off and her mother's heart restarted.

"The accused said she wanted to give the deceased a taste of her own medicine."

"She also said she took her mother's head with her to show her neighbour," he said.

Mr McCarthy said that Jessica Camilleri “had a lengthy history of assaulting people”.

Her mum was described as “overly protective and defensive” of her.

On the night of her death, Jessica Camilleri phoned the emergency services and said 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, reports ABC News.

Multiple knives were found at the bloody scene, some of which were broken.

When cops arrived at the family home, they found Jessica Camilleri covered in blood.

Rita Camilleri was found dead at her Sydney, Australia, home.

The defence's case is that psychiatric illness caused a substantial impairment upon Jessica Camilleri's mind.

She was clutching a bottle of water.

During a police interview, Jessica Camilleri said her mum had been stabbed 85 times, ABC adds.

Her sister, Kristy Torrisi, told the court: "She liked horror movies where there was killing.

"She would rewind to certain parts."

The jury heard how Jessica Camilleri would prank call strangers, to make threats against them.

She had previously attacked an aunt and her mum-in-law by ripping out their hair, Ms Torrisi added.

Mr McCarthy said the random phone calls included threats to cut off people’s heads with a knife.

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 court was told that Jessica Camilleri had been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, a "mild to moderate" intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.

Her sister said she had been bullied at school.

The trial is expected to continue for five days.

Jessica Camilleri has pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Daughter Jessica Camilleri has been charged with murder.

Above: Jessica Camilleri mentions her love for horror movies.

Her profile picture was altered on July 18 - two days before Rita was killed.

One of Jessica's posts on July 18.

When Jessica posted on July 18 that Jeepers Creepers was an 'interesting story', her mum, Rita, agreed.
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