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Mother jailed for killing one son and attempting to kill another had no option but to plead guilty because of videos partner recorded showing heated arguments


The case was heard at Antrim Crown Court

The case was heard at Antrim Crown Court

The case was heard at Antrim Crown Court

A mother who was handed a life sentence for murdering her toddler son and attempting to murder another son had no option but to plead guilty because of videos her fiance recorded that showed their heated arguments.

The 41-year-old had raised a defence of diminished responsibility, claiming that when she knifed her son to death in March 2020, she was a suffering from an abnormality of the mind that significantly impaired her thinking and judgement.

But on day 10 of her Antrim Crown Court trial, her barrister conceded the medical evidence had changed and he was “no longer in a position” to present such a defence.

The “highly qualified nurse” then confessed to the shocking murder of her son and the attempted murder of her youngest son.

The boy who died was two months short of his third birthday while his little brother, who survived thanks to life-saving surgery, was just 11 months old.

She also wrote a series of notes on the morning she committed the crimes.

They said: “I’m doing this to hurt the ones who have hurt me and the one who is continuing to hurt me.

“I’m taking my kids with me because I can’t leave them with their dad; he is a horrible person; doesn’t have any empathy; please understand I LOVE my kids; I REALLY don’t want to do this; I don’t want to do this but I feel I have no choice.”

The opinion of various psychiatrists and psychologists changed after they were given a USB stick containing numerous videos recorded by the boys’ father which showed their frequent arguments.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial, he told the jury he began recording the actions of the mother in order to “protect” himself.

The first was recorded in the early hours of June 20, 2019, after the woman had stabbed herself in the leg. The jury could see on the footage the boys’ father walking around the house holding the baby, with the other boy following him.

He can be heard telling the woman: “Get your hands off me. You are f****** crazy. Sort yourself out. There are two babies in the house… f****** wise yourself up.”

A 12-minute video recorded the following morning shows the blood-stained bed and the two boys asleep, with the knife she used to stab herself lying close by.

“There’s the f****** knife, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, blood there, blood there, baby there, baby there…” the man says.

“I’m taking the babies out of here and I’m keeping them until I get social services to help me with this situation.”

A third video was in stark contrast to the others. Recorded in the kitchen of the family home the evening before the murder, the defendant is seen holding her 11-month-old son by both hands, helping him walk as he and his brother chase a skipping lamb, their laughter filling the room.

Less than 24 hours later, the boys would suffer multiple stab wounds inflicted by their mum.

Now a life sentence prisoner, the woman will attend another hearing to find out how long she will have to spent behind bars before being considered for release.

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