Sumary of Sleep-deprived new mother jailed for stabbing partner in the neck with kitchen knife:
- A new mother who was suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression when she stabbed her partner in the neck as he bent down to kiss their baby son has been sentenced to almost four years’ jail.
- State prosecutor Ben Stanwix told the Supreme Court that in interviews with detectives, Leese falsely claimed she had acted in self-defence because her partner had been aggressive towards her.
- Post-natal depression not diagnosedLeese was originally facing an attempted murder charge but she ended up pleading guilty to the downgraded charge of doing an act, with intent to harm, that resulted in a person’s life, health or safety being endangered.
- Defence lawyer Melissa McEwen said the stabbing happened when her client was struggling as a new mother, was sleep deprived and suffering from anxiety and undiagnosed post-natal depression.
- Reese’s post-natal depression was undiagnosed and untreated at the time of the offence.
- But the prosecution argued an immediate jail term was necessary, with Mr Stanwix describing the case as “bizarre” and highlighting that Leese’s intention was to cause her partner a life-endangering injury.
- Leese wiped away tears as Justice Anthony Derrick said he was satisfied the attack happened in the context of her suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression.