Australian mum jailed for attempted murder of two young daughters

ALEX HEINKE reports.

An Adelaide mother has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her two young daughters and has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

The Supreme court heard that she turned on the gas stove in her kitchen last August, fell asleep with her daughters, aged five and six, and planned not to wake up.


Justice Ann Vanstone said when the girl’s father later rang from prison, one of his daughters said the following: “Mummy said to go f*** yourself. She would speak to you in the next life”.

Justice Vanstone said it would have taken many hours for the gas to cause all three to lose consciousness and die.

“Perhaps the greater danger was an explosion which could have happened in a matter of hours,” she said.

The court was told the mother was drunk at the time and under “significant stress” and undue control from her then partner.

The woman apologised in court before the sentencing hearing began, saying she had since changed.

“I don’t know who that person was but it’s not the person that stands here today,” she said.

“I’m really sorry.”

Justice Vanstone said the woman had previously been acquitted of another attempted murder charge for shooting a former partner in the shoulder with a rifle, and had relied on the “battered woman syndrome defence”.

The woman will be eligible for release after serving three-and-a-half years of her term.

The children were not harmed in the murder attempt.