Woman who killed two Scientologists pleads not-guilty

Scopical News, Australia/April 4, 2008

A 25-year-old woman has today pled not-guilty to the murder of her father and sister, who were active members of the Church of Scientology.

The woman today pled not-guilty to their murders at the New South Wales Supreme Court, following their stabbings deaths last year.

It is believed that the woman was suffering from a significant psychotic illness, but was denied assistance from mental health professionals because of her family's religious beliefs.

The Church of Scientology regularly campaign against the use of psychiatry and mental health professionals in problems faces by it's members.

It was alleged last year that the woman was prevented from receiving assistance from the New South Wales Health Department because of her parents had refused the treatment.

The then 24-year-old went on to stab both her father and sister, and also injured her mother.

A trial date has been set down for July, with the case only expected to last about one week.

It is understood the main issue will be that of the woman's mental health, and any assistance given to her from about 2006 onwards.

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