Murder accused mentally ill, court told

ABC News, Australia/July 29, 2008

A Sydney woman charged with the stabbing murder of her father and sister has pleaded not guilty due to mental illness.

The 26-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with murdering her father and younger sister at their Revesby home in Sydney's south-west in July 2007.

She has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to murder her mother.

The court previously heard the woman was diagnosed with a mental illness but refused to take medication because of her parents' belief in Scientology.

Justice Grove has ordered the woman be kept in a medium security unit at Long Bay jail.

He will make a judgement on the matter next week.

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