The former neighbor of Jessica Camilleri (photo) claims that she attacked a schoolgirl four years ago in St Clair, Sydney
The mentally ill woman who allegedly beheaded her own mother once attacked a schoolgirl and & # 39; tore huge pieces of hair from her head & # 39 ;, a neighbor claims.
The accused's former neighbor, Jessica Camilleri, said the incident occurred four years ago in the suburb of St. Clair in Sydney.
The neighbor, Karen, said that Jessica asked, "Did I really do that?" after the attack, before she said to her mother, "Don't worry, Mom, I'll never hurt you."
Jessica, 25, was accused of killing her mother, Rita Camilleri, 57, after allegedly stabbing her with kitchen knives before cutting her head and throwing it in a neighbor's lawn.
Rita & # 39; s body was found around 11:40 pm in the kitchen of their home in St. Clair, western Sydney.
Jessica suffers from bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, as well as an intellectual disability.
Karen told The Daily Telegraph that doctors were forced to anesthetize Jessica in their family's St. Clair house after she attacked the schoolgirl.
& # 39; We had to get Jessica from the girl, (the girl) screamed blue murder and begged someone to get Jessica off her, & # 39; said Karen.
Jessica, 25, was accused of killing her mother Rita Camilleri (57) after allegedly stabbing her to death with kitchen knives before cutting her head and throwing it on a neighbor's lawn
The former Camilleris neighbor told The Daily Telegraph that doctors were forced to anesthetize Jessica (photo) at the family's home after she attacked a schoolgirl four years ago
Karen remembered Rita as a caring and loyal mother to Jessica, and said she thought she could save her from a psychiatric institution by keeping her close to home
The former neighbor also said that Jessica & # 39; s sister Kristy did not like leaving her young son alone with her in case she would collapse.
For the past five years, Jessica had appeared before the New South Wales local courts for attacking people, but she was released from detention every time after being judged mentally ill under Article 32 of the Mental Health Act.
The surprising claims of Jessica & # 39; s attack on a schoolgirl are because reports indicate that an increasing number of alleged criminals are allowed to roam freely under the same spiritual laws.
In the two years to March, there has been an 18 percent increase in costs under Section 32 of the Mental Health Act, which has been under scrutiny since the murder of Rita.
Data obtained by The Daily Telegraph show that 4,034 people were fired by law in the year until March 2017. The number then rose to 4,585 last year and again in 2019 to 4,765.
And like Jessica, a number of people who were given a section 32 were sent to live with a family member or loved one.
A friend close to the family – who chose to remain anonymous – told Daily Mail Australia that Rita always believed that the best place for the young woman was at home, under her care.
Rita and Jessica had a close relationship and she always chose to keep her daughter with her instead of considering more permanent care options.
NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said that Section 32 is being reviewed by the Department of Communities and Justice, The Daily Telegraph reported.
He said that people confronted with serious charges in the district or highest courts are not eligible to be dealt with under section 32.
Ryan Park, opposition spokesman, called for the laws to be reviewed.
University of Sydney psychologist, professor Ian Hickie, also recommended an urgent study of support for caregivers.
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