St Clair’s wife Jessica Camilleri, who beheaded mother, complains about prison life

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‘My life is hell’: murderer who chopped off her mother’s head and left it on the lawn of their house, complains about her time behind bars – because she is accused of assaulting another inmate

  • Daughter imprisoned after decapitating mother complained about prison life
  • Jessica Camilleri is being held at Silverwater Correctional Center, western Sydney
  • She used seven kitchen knives when attacking her mother Rita in July 2019
  • Camilleri was sentenced to 21 years in prison and said she was told by inmate to ‘look after her’

A woman who was jailed after decapitating her mother and stabbing her head and face 100 times struggles with prison life and assaulted a prisoner because she thought she was being bullied, a court has heard.

Jessica Camilleri is being held at Silverwater Correctional Center, west Sydney, after murdering her mother Rita on July 19, 2019.

Camilleri used seven kitchen knives in the attack, four of which broke with violence, before taking her mother’s head outside their home in St. Clair and placing it on a sidewalk.

She was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison, where she is closely monitored by prison officials.

Camilleri has since returned to court after she was charged with assaulting a prisoner, alleging that she was the victim of constant bullying. Daily telegram reported.

Jessica Camilleri (pictured) is being held at Silverwater Correctional Center, west Sydney, after murdering her mother Rita on July 19, 2019.

Camilleri used seven kitchen knives in the attack (in the photo, Camilleri's mother Rita), four of which broke due to violence, before taking her mother's head outside their home in St Clair and placing it on a sidewalk.

Camilleri used seven kitchen knives in the attack (in the photo, Camilleri’s mother Rita), four of which broke due to violence, before taking her mother’s head outside their home in St Clair and placing it on a sidewalk.

She appeared via video link at Burwood Local Court on Thursday, where she claimed she was told to ‘look after her’ from inmates who made life a ‘living hell’.

“They jailed me for the nature of my crime,” she said.

“Whatever I do, wherever I go, other prisoners will make my life hell.”

Court documents state that Camilleri, who says she has bulimia, told police she thought the inmate was making fun of her eating disorder.

Camilleri approached the prisoner in the recreation room and told her that she was still hungry, according to the documents.

“Who should I ask for more food?” Camilleri said.

“I don’t know who to ask, haven’t you eaten enough already?” said the prisoner.

Believing that the prisoner was conspiring with others to attack her, Camilleri followed her, pulled her hair and “arched” her, the documents say.

She said that life in prison was “tough” and that the correctional officers “cannot protect you.”

“Sometimes, and I don’t like to say it in this courtroom, but other inmates have been killed by other inmates in prison, that’s the way it is in prison,” she said.

Camilleri has since returned to court after she was charged with assaulting an inmate at the Silverwater Correctional Center

Camilleri has since returned to court after she was charged with assaulting an inmate at the Silverwater Correctional Center

She was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison, where she is closely monitored by prison officials (photo, a crime scene was identified after the incident in 2019)

She was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison, where she is closely monitored by prison officials (photo, crime scene was identified after the incident in 2019)

Magistrate Sharon Freund convicted Camilleri of common assault.

During Camilleri’s trial, after the assault on her mother, the court heard that the defendant had an obsession with horror movies, owning eight copies of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and five Jeepers Creepers, which she watched ‘over and over’

Two forensic psychiatrists had told the trial that the insane knife attack was motivated by an intellectual disability and an autism spectrum disorder with a fixation on horror movies, although only one attributed the loss of control to the combination of those conditions.

The other expert said intermittent explosive disorder has an important role to play.

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