Two women have described ‘excruciating’ attacks launched by an inmate jailed for beheading her mother in a frenzied attack involving more than 100 stab wounds.
Jessica Camilleri was jailed for 16 years for brutally killing her mother in Sydney’s west in 2019.
The 29-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter for the bloody attack, in which she stabbed her mother at least 100 times, slashed her face and decapitated her with a flurry of blows.
She was sentenced to spend more than two decades behind bars at Silverwater Prison, where she later attacked and injured two corrections officers.
Jessica Camilleri, who was jailed for the murder of her mother, attacked two officers while in jail at Silverwater Prison
Camilleri appeared in NSW District Court on Friday after admitting two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and inflicting actual bodily harm.
She had her black hair pulled back into a round bun on one side of her head and seemed emotionless as her victims described the impact of her attacks.
Prison guards were leaving the inmate’s cell in August 2021 when Camilleri rushed to the closing door and slipped through the opening, according to police facts.
He was told to return to his cell and began to back away towards the door when a prison officer turned his head to speak to another inmate.
Video of the incident shows Camilleri reaching out and grabbing the woman’s hair and pulling a handful of hair from her scalp before being restrained by three officers.
The prison officer was left with a long bald spot on his scalp, where his hair had been forcefully pulled from its roots.
She sobbed hysterically as she told the court about the devastating impact of the “excruciating” attack.
“I felt lost and violated for weeks after the assault,” the woman said in tears.
“It has caused me pain and continued sadness and I often find myself crying at work or when I am alone.”
Camilleri appeared in NSW District Court on Friday, after pleading guilty to assaulting a prison officer
The longtime corrections officer told the court she struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, hypervigilance and heightened anxiety due to Camilleri’s assault.
“I firmly believe that (the attack) will stay with me for the rest of my life,” she explained tearfully.
Asked about the painful attack, Ms Camilleri admitted she had pulled the officer’s hair but said she thought it was just ‘a few wisps’.
“I don’t like him (her),” she told police two days after the attack.
I just wanted to give (him) a taste of (his) own medicine for the shit they’ve been doing to me… since I’ve been here.
Less than two months later, the 29-year-old attacked a second prison officer in the yard in the same way.
As officers tried to drag her back to her cell, body-worn video footage showed her grabbing a piece of the second officer’s hair and pulling it forcefully.
The woman screamed in pain but Ms Camilleri did not let go until she was restrained by a third officer.
The prison officer lost a disturbing amount of his hair in the “damaging” attack, which left two bald patches on his scalp, the court heard.
“The consequences of this assault had lasting and profound effects on my life,” she told the court.
“I am filled with sadness and anger that this assault took place.”
The longtime prison guard said she endured anxiety, depressive episodes, PTSD and terrifying nightmares following the attack.
The 29-year-old attacked another prison guard less than two months later after attacking a prison guard by pulling her hair
“I truly believe that the price I paid for this incident was the deterioration of my mental health,” she told the court in a powerful speech.
She warned that Camilleri had developed a “notable pattern of behavior” attacking guards and called for better protection for officers.
“Correctional officers are not punching bags,” the woman said.
Both officers said they suffered ongoing pain and psychological trauma following the attack.
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