An Australian woman who killed eight children in a stabbing attack at her home will not stand trial because she was of “unsound mind” at the time.
Raina Thaiday was experiencing a psychotic episode when she turned on her four sons, three daughters and a niece in Cairns in December 2014.
The legal decision – made last month but only now made public – means she cannot be held criminally responsible.
Thaiday, 40, is being held at a high-security centre in Brisbane.
“Ms Thaiday had a mental illness that deprived her of capacity at the time of the killing,” Justice Dalton said.
“That is, that she is entitled to the defence of unsoundness of mind – there is just no doubt about that on the evidence, and there is no doubt about the legal conclusion that flows from that.”