Woman slashes children's throats, tells onlooker 'it had to be done'

Woman slashes children's throats, tells onlooker 'it had to be done'
Published: 2015 May 19 08:00:04 (9183 Views)
A woman allegedly slashed the throats of a seven-year-old boy and 16-month-old girl before telling a shocked onlooker 'it had to be done.'

Sadie Jenkins, 28, is alleged to have used a steak knife to kill the children as she stayed at their house as a guest, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Homeowners Nigel and Ceri Ash, 58, say they were woken by the children's screams and ran into the bedroom to see Jenkins allegedly holding the knife above the baby girl.

The 28-year-old was is then claimed to have told Mrs Ash "it had to be done".
 
Mr and Mrs Ash pushed her against the wall to wrestled the steak knife out of her hand - before picking up the girl to run downstairs.

Prosecutor Paul Lewis said when they entered the lounge they discovered the seven-year-old boy in the corner of the room holding a blanket to his throat.

The defendant was then found with a self-inflicted neck wound - before telling doctors "the voices told me to do it".



The two injured children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital and underwent immediate surgery to treat their life-threatening wounds.

Mr Lewis told the court that regular amphetamine user Jenkins admits to carrying out the attack - but will claim to be suffering from a drug-induced psychosis at the time.

He said: "It is likely that it will be argued on her behalf that when the defendant attacked the children she was legally insane.

But Mr Lewis told the court the defendant appeared normal in the hours leading up to the attack at a home in Newport on May 7 last year.

Jenkins was staying at the home of Mr and Mrs Ash to discuss the imminent loss of her own flat.

"There was no hint of what was to follow," Mr Lewis added.




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