A mentally ill Melbourne woman who killed her roommate was only diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder after being imprisoned for crime, a royal commission has heard.
The daughter of Melbourne, the mother of Mary Pershall, failed to get the help she needed for her serious mental illness until she was in prison for killing her roommate.
Daughter Anna serves a 17-year prison sentence to kill the man with whom she lived in the suburbs of Melbourne.
Anna Horneshaw & # 39; s mother Mary Pershall (photo) has revealed that she was struggling to get help for her mentally ill daughter in the years before she would kill her roommate
Mary was always afraid that she would call that her daughter was dead, but received surprising news from the police in November 2015.
& # 39; We received a phone call saying she had killed someone else, & # 39; Pershall told the Royal Commission against mental health on Friday.
Although she tried to provide her daughter with long-term psychiatric care, Mrs. Pershall was rejected because Anna was taking some medicines.
& # 39; She was rejected from psychiatric institutions because she used drugs and she was turned away from drug rehabilitation because she was mentally ill & # 39 ;, Pershall said.
Pershall and her family eventually realized that her daughter suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations since her childhood.
Anna (photo) is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence for the fatal attack of the man she lived with in Melbourne & # 39; s suburbs
Only when Anna was in her mid-twenties did her behavior get out of hand and she would be missing for weeks on end.
She became violent and fell to her father with a knife after telling her to go to bed, Pershal said.
& # 39; We had some hope that day … police said they would take Anna to the … hospital and that she would get real help. But at the end of the day we were just told to take her home, & she explained with tears.
Speaking outside, Anna & # 39; s elder sister Katie Horneshaw said the quality of the care provided in prison was exceptional.
It was in prison where Anna was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and borderline personality traits.
Schizo-affective disorder is a mental illness in which the patient experiences hallucinations, delusions, depression and mania.
& # 39; The question is, why did Anna have to go to jail to get that care? & # 39; Mrs. Horneshaw asked.
& # 39; That's exactly the kind of care we wanted for her on the outside – the holistic care around the clock. & # 39;
Anna & # 39; s family hopes that more crisis relief and early intervention programs will be set up in Victoria to support people with mental health problems.
Her mother said they didn't know how to look after someone with a serious mental illness and struggled with the limited options available.
& # 39; I realized I could only love her & # 39 ;, said Pershall.
Zvonimir Petrovski, (photo) the older guard of the messy house where Anna had stayed, had done nothing to provoke his fate
Last year, Anna Horneshaw was found guilty of murdering her 67-year-old roommate Zvonimir Petrovski in their unit in Melbourne.
It is believed that spit broke out after Petrovski refused to give Anna, who was 20 weeks pregnant, the $ 70 she had asked to buy cigarettes.
Last year, Anna's sister, Katie Horneshaw, told Daily Mail Australia how the family had long argued for her concern before committing murder.
& # 39; Anna lived in chaos; her mental illness had robbed her of the ability to do the simplest things, such as shopping or filling out a prescription, & she said.
Anna (photo on the right, as a teenager with older sister Katie) was found guilty of murdering her 67-year-old roommate last year after he refused to give her money for cigarettes
& # 39; She should have been in daycare and my family had tried everything to achieve this.
& # 39; Zvonimir Petrovski, the older guard of the messy house where Anna was staying, had done nothing to provoke his fate.
& # 39; Instead, his protection from my sister had given my family a glimpse of relief at a time when her life was falling apart.
& # 39; And when the shock began to disappear and the horror of what had happened took root in my thoughts, I kept coming back to the same thoughts.
& # 39; He did not deserve this. And it could have been prevented. & # 39;
Speaking outside, Anna & # 39; s older sister Katie Horneshaw (photo right) said the quality of care provided in prison was exceptional
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