Monday, 29 September 2008

Suspended sentence for attempted murder

A 76-year-old woman who tried to kill her elderly husband because she believed his nursing home was neglecting him, has been given a suspended sentence.

The Victorian Supreme Court has heard Anastasia Nestorowycz's husband suffered from dementia and diabetes and had lost the use of his legs.

The court heard she believed his nursing home in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury was not taking care of him. She was unable to care for him herself.

The court heard she was distressed because her husband of 35 years made repeated pleas to be taken home.

She tried to kill him by stabbing him once in the stomach and also tried to commit suicide.

Nestorowycz pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to two years and nine months prison. However the sentence was wholly suspended.

Justice David Harper said Nestorowycz had been suffering from an impaired mental state and had made a decision she had no right to make.

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