A desperate mum paid a so-called medium £1,400 to oust a demon from her daughter before she was decapitated.
Sydney Crown Court heard that Jessica Camilleri pleaded not guilty to murdering her mother, Rita, by way of mental illness.
Rita had taken her daughter to a female “spirit communicator” in a bid to exercise a spirit they believed to be occupying Jessica.
The pair attended a medium dubbed a “She Wolf” where Rita was quoted nearly $5,000 Australian dollars – £2,749 – to rid the demon.
Ms Camilleri’s trial had previously heard that the accused was an avid horror movie fan and enjoyed the franchise Jeepers Creepers, which depicts a flesh-eating creature who devours victims to replace its own body.
The decapitated head of Rita Camilleri, 57, was found on the footpath near her home as detectives found other body parts found on the kitchen floor, including the tip of her nose, News.Au reported.
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The trial heard that then 25-year-old Jessica Camilleri stabbed her mother more than 100 times, later saying: “I kept stabbing and stabbing and stabbing her, I took off her head."
Ms Camilleri, now aged 27, has pleaded not guilty to murdering her mother at their western Sydney home in St Clair on July 21 last year.
It is not contested that the accused carried out the attack, but her defence is that a psychiatric illness caused impairment upon her mind at the time.
The accused was also a fan of horror movies, with her favourite film being The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the court heard .
Crown prosecutor Tony McCarthy told the court: “A feature of these movies was killing people violently and dismembering their bodies.”
Following the attack Jessica phoned the emergency services her self and claimed she acted in self defence, the court was told.
She was found on the street outside her home covered in blood and holding a water bottle when police arrived.
Mr McCarthy added: “She immediately told them she had killed her mother and pointed out the head that was on the footpath.”
Defence counsel Nathan Steel told the jury to ignore emotions and look at the evidence.
“Due to the effects of her mental conditions, she had an impaired capacity at the time of the events,” he said.
The trial is expected to continue for five days.
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