A court has reportedly ruled that Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, a woman who admitted to fatally stabbing eight children and a pet duck in Cairns, Australia, will NOT be prosecuted because she was of “unsound mind” at the time of the incident.
According to ABC.net.au, seven of the children were Thaiday’s own while the eighth was her niece.
The outlet further states that, according to psychiatrists, “it was likely Thaiday’s mental state had been deteriorating for months, and in the days leading up to the killings, she believed she could communicate with spirits.”
Those same psychiatrists reportedly added that Thaiday was not under the influence of any substance when she fatally stabbed the eight children but, rather, was suffering from “a severe schizophrenic psychosis.”
“She heard the sound of a bird… and believed that was a message that she must kill her children to save them,” said psychiatrist Dr. Jane Phillips in court according to ABC.net.au.
As a result of these psychiatric findings, and in accordance with Queensland law, Thaiday – who News.com.au reports had been smoking “up to 20 cones of cannabis a day” in 2014, which psychiatrists say triggered her schizophrenia – will not be prosecuted for her crimes.
Instead, she will serve a “life sentence in her own heart” according to the Queensland Law Society, which further states that this sort of ruling is “very” rare.
ABC.net.au states that Thaiday is currently undergoing treatment at a high-security psychiatric ward in Brisbane, adding “it is unclear if she will ever be released back into the community.”
Needless to say, many people are not happy with the ruling.
Here are a few choice comments on 7 News Sydney’s Facebook post about the court’s decision.
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