A Perth mother-of-five who murdered her husband and wounded two of their sons while in a psychotic state has been jailed for 18 years.
Cara Lee Hall stabbed her husband at least 16 times before trying to kill her 11-year-old son and stabbing his little brother.
Glenn Hall was stabbed in the heart, neck, head and back, in front of his son.
The boy tried to stop his mum, but she turned the knife on him and also stabbed his four-year-old brother in the arm.
She then rang triple-0 saying: “I’ve just killed my husband. He was going to kill the children.”
Realising the danger she’d caused them, she told her four boys to head to a neighbour’s place.
The Perth couple’s marriage was violent on both sides. Just two months before the woman killed her husband, the 39-year-old joked of the couple’s violent relationship on Facebook.
She posted a photo online with the caption: “12 years in couple of weeks! Wow! Time flies when you are at war”.
When she faced trial, Hall claimed self-defence, but her 11-year-old son gave evidence against her for the December 2015 attack.
Supreme Court of WA Justice Michael Corboy accepted Hall was experiencing a psychotic episode and heard voices that commanded her to kill her husband and children, but he said the cannabis she smoked the night before contributed.
He wasn’t satisfied Mr Hall had threatened to kill his wife or the children.
As Hall was led away from the dock on Friday, a man yelled “rot in hell” to her, while another woman told her to “stay strong”.
“She’s a beautiful person, she’s got a heart of gold,” Hall’s friend Wendy Lourenco told reporters outside court.
Asked if she loved her children, the women responded: “Yes, she does.”
The victim’s brother Jamie Hall called his brother’s death a “terrible tragedy”.
Hall will need to serve at least 18 years before she’s eligible for parole.