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Daughter jailed for mum's attempted murder

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

The drug-induced voices in a woman's head told her she had to kill the mother "she loved" as she tried to stab her before bashing and strangling the elderly woman, a court has heard.

The drug-induced psychotic attack in their Geelong home was described by a sentencing judge as "one of the saddest cases of family violence" she had seen.

It came as the mother tried to seek psychiatric help for her daughter, after she had increased her use of the drug ice in the days before November 28, 2015, the judge said.

The rampage started when the 79-year-old woman found her daughter, 53, burning herself by sitting under hot water in the shower.

As the mother tried to phone for help, her daughter came after her with a knife, chasing her into a bedroom and pinning her to the bed, repeatedly trying to stab her.

"She pleaded with you to let her go," the judge said.

"You told her you didn't want to kill her, you loved her, but the voices in your head said you had to."

The daughter then grabbed a table lamp and hit her mother before trying to strangle her.

The woman managed to run outside, followed by the daughter, who was disarmed by a neighbour.

The mother suffered defensive wounds from the knife and a neck injury from the lamp cable.

The daughter, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was taken to hospital and was not fit for police interview for three days after the episode.

The court was told the daughter had a good upbringing with her two brothers, and held down steady employment until her 30s.

She then started to treat her underlying anxiety and depression first with alcohol, then marijuana.

She eventually tried heroin, moved on to methamphetamines, and was repeatedly told by health professionals to stop using drugs to improve her mental health, the court was told.

The judge said the attack had left the woman's family terrified of her and the mother had sought an intervention order.

"The rift in the family is, at this stage, irreparable," she said.

Before her sentencing, the woman had pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, false imprisonment, intent to cause injury and conduct that endangered life.

She was sentenced to 18 months jail, backdated to November 2015.

On her release in six months, she will be subject to psychiatric assessment and a 30-month community corrections order.

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