Australian mother won’t stand trial for murdering 8 children

An Australian woman who killed eight children in a stabbing attack at her home will not stand trial because she was of “unsound mind” at the time.

Raina Thaiday was experiencing a psychotic episode when she turned on her four sons, three daughters and a niece in Cairns in December 2014. She stabbed herself 35 times after killing the children.

The house where the children, aged between two and 14, were killed has been demolished.

It has been replaced with a park to remember Malili, Angelina, Shantae, Rayden, Azariah, Daniel, Rodney and Patrenella.

Justice Jean Dalton said there was convincing evidence that Thaiday suffered a psychotic episode and had no capacity to control or understand her actions.

“Her children were the things that had given her the most happiness in life,” Ms. Dalton said.

Ms. Thaiday remained psychotic until July 2015 and has had two relapses, once at the two-year anniversary of the deaths, and has expressed a desire to kill her fellow patients, the court heard.

Several psychiatrists agreed her lifelong abuse of cannabis triggered her schizophrenia.

Thaiday, 40, is being held at a high-security centre in Brisbane.

It is unclear if she will ever be released back into the community.


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