Support for woman charged with family murders

Family and friends turned out today in support of a Sydney woman charged with murdering her father and sister and seriously injuring her mother in a stabbing attack.

The 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named, appeared briefly before Bankstown Local Court today, but Magistrate Anthony Spence was told she had been too ill to be interviewed by her lawyer.

Legal Aid solicitor Wade Bloomfield said the woman had already received some mental health treatment but she was “not very well at the moment”.

Mr Bloomfield told the court he could not get proper instructions from her and therefore they were not in a position to apply for bail.

The woman is accused of fatally stabbing her 53-year-old father and 15-year-old sister at the family home on Hydrae Street in Revesby in Sydney’s south-west on Thursday.

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It is alleged she also stabbed her 52-year-old mother, who collapsed in a neighbour’s garden.

The mother remains in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery for multiple stab wounds.

The 25-year-old woman was arrested in nearby Uranus Street shortly after the attack and was placed under police guard in Liverpool hospital until she was charged by homicide detectives late last night.

She faces two counts of murder and one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.

In formally refusing her bail, Mr Spence strongly recommended the woman receive psychiatric treatment while in custody.

“There seem to be very profound mental health issues in this case, to say at the least,” Mr Spence said.

Outside court, a family representative, who declined to be named, said the family was satisfied with the result.

“We all want the best for our family member and we are satisfied that’s happened today,” he said.

“That’s all the family have to say at the moment.

“We’d appreciate a bit of space to get moving on.”

The charges have been adjourned to Burwood Local court on Wednesday.

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