A woman has been charged with murder after allegedly decapitating her mother as a four-year-old relative looked on.
Although police have not confirmed the nature of the mother’s injuries, Australian media reported she had been beheaded during the incident in the city of Sydney on Saturday night.
Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden described the attack as ‘up there with one of the most significant, most horrific scenes police have to deal with’, adding that the injuries to the victim ‘were extensive’.
He said police believe there had been an argument between the woman, Jessica Camilleri, 25, and her mother, named in Australian media as Rita Camilleri, 57, that had become violent. Concerned neighbours called police and the mother’s body was found in the home, with multiple injuries.
The daughter was arrested outside the home of a neighbour.