The killer beat his mother to death with a wooden plank ‘so she wouldn’t bother him for the rest of his life’ – then went to the local RSL before returning and hitting her again
- Boutros Mouawad, 57, was charged with murder over the death of his mother in 2019
- Helen Sleevead was found dead outside her Woonoona home in south Sydney
- Her son will be sentenced on October 16 after pleading guilty homicide
- The court heard that he was mentally ill when he killed his mother
- A judge was told he had made efforts to conceal the crime and conceal the weapon
Boutros Mouawad, 57, (pictured) was charged with murder after his mother Helen sleevead, 76, was found dead in the backyard of her home in Woonona, south of Sydney last year
A loving son was mentally ill when he killed his mother “to silence her so that she could not say anything more or bother him for the rest of his life,” a judge has been told.
Boutros Mouawad, 57, was charged with murder after his mother Helen sleevead, 76, was found dead in February 2019 in the backyard of her home in Woonona, south of Sydney.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter after two psychiatrists discovered that he was significantly impaired by an abnormality of mind related to his inability to control himself while “manic” during a bipolar episode.
The psychiatrists gave testimony at his trial before the New South Wales District Court on Wednesday.
Helen sleevead, 67, (pictured right with her two granddaughters) was found dead outside her Woonoona home in south Sydney in February 2019
Mouawad had last taken medication about seven years before the attack and had not seen a medical professional in 10 years, the court heard.
According to the agreed-upon facts, Mouawad had a fight with his mother before hitting her with a plank and leaving the house to attend an RSL club.
His brutal actions were the result of an argument related to his mother’s gambling habits, The reported Daily telegram.
The court heard that Mouawad attacked his mother with a plank of wood “with the intention of killing her,” then made several attempts to cover up the crime.
This involved wrapping his mother’s head in a plastic bag to keep blood from pooling around the body and hosing down the sidewalk.
He also moved the wooden plank that he had used to perform the violent act.
Mrs. Mouawad (pictured with her granddaughter) sustained blunt trauma to her head after being hit by a wooden plank
After beating her, he went to the local RSL club for several hours.
When he returned, he didn’t know if she was dead or alive, so he hit her again.
He called Triple-0 and said his mother had fallen over.
Subsequent interviews with the police provided various accounts of the evening’s events.
During Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Mouawad seemed dispassionate when his tearful sister Mary read a victim impact statement.
‘It makes me nauseous…. he had no respect for my mother’s life, ”she said.
The court heard that the retired with a disability was suffering from bipolar disorder and was mentally ill when he killed his elderly mother (pictured together)
She told the court that the act had torn the family apart.
“It was a pointless crime, a crime that made us humans no longer the same.”
The court heard that the father of two admitted killing his mother in a letter sent to the family in March 2019.
“I can’t believe myself that God allowed me to do something so evil and cowardly,” the letter read.
Judge Christopher O’Brien was told the couple had previously been in a loving relationship.
The Crown argued despite his mental illness, but Mouawad’s attempts to cover up the crime showed that he knew the difference between right and wrong.
He will be sentenced on October 16.
The court heard the father of two admitted killing his mother in a letter to the family sent in March 2019