This is a joke, she is suffering depression? So she should she murdered her children, and they don’t like her in jail, oh the poor girl,I wonder why?
UPDATE 4.33pm: A MOTHER twice convicted of killing her two young sons is suicidal and should get a lighter sentence, a Melbourne court has heard.
Donna Fitchett, 51, who murdered her sons Matthew, nine, and Thomas, 11, in September 2005, has attempted suicide four times since the killings and has been repeatedly assaulted and abused as a “kiddie killer” by other prisoners, the Victorian Supreme Court heard.
Fitchett was first convicted in 2008 of murdering her sons in their Balwyn North home and sentenced to 24 years prison, with a minimum of 18 years.
She appealed her convictions and was granted a retrial in May, but a jury again found her guilty, after she admitted drugging her sons and then strangling one and smothering the other.
In both trials, Fitchett admitted the killings but claimed the depression she suffered at the time gave her a defence of mental impairment.
In court on Monday, Fitchett’s lawyer, Patrick Tehan QC, argued that her ongoing suicidal state, her anxiety over the retrial and repeated assaults from other prisoners entitled her to a lesser sentence than the one imposed in 2008.
Mr Tehan said Fitchett had attempted suicide four times in custody – twice in 2006, slashing her arms on one occasion and her neck and groin on another.
In September last year she ingested a lethal dose of eucalyptus oil and in October, she used a blade to slash the length of her neck.
Mr Tehan also said her treatment by other prisoners was like that given to pedophiles in male prisons, with prisoners smashing her over the head with a chair on one occasion and a radio on another.
“In prison she was constantly threatened, constantly called a `kiddie killer’ and assaulted by other prisoners on seven occasions,” he said.
“On a number of occasions she’s been bullied, threatened and her situation is really about as miserable, I suppose, as it could be.”
But crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert SC said Fitchett should receive a longer sentence than the 2008 one imposed by Justice Geoffrey Nettle, calling for a life sentence on each murder count.
“It’s submitted that what has occurred is a grievous breach of trust and it’s difficult to have a more serious example of the offence, warranting the head sentence of life in each case,” he told the court.
Mr Silbert said the original sentences had been “manifestly inadequate” and had been under crown appeal when the retrial was granted.
Justice Elizabeth Curtain said while the usual rule in a retrial was to follow the original sentence, if there were “exceptional circumstances” she could warrant her own discretion.
Throughout the morning hearing, Fitchett sat in the dock, three rows behind her husband, David Fitchett, who gave evidence against her in both trials.
She will be sentenced on a date to be set.