The scene on St Clair Ave, St Clair this morning after a woman dropped a decapitated head on the footpath overnight. Picture: David Swift
The scene on St Clair Ave, St Clair this morning after a woman dropped a decapitated head on the footpath overnight. Picture: David Swift

Decapitation horror: Murder accused 'can't wash off blood'

Accused murderer Jessica Camilleri couldn't wash the blood of herself because she couldn't move her fingers properly, she told a bail court today.

The 25-year-old from St Clair, who is charged with murdering her mother Rita Camilleri, didn't apply for bail at Parramatta Bail Court.

She asked the magistrate if she could be taken to a hospital emergency department.

Camilleri was arrested on Saturday night and charged with the murder of her mother Rita Camilleri, 57, at the family home at St Clair, in western Sydney.

In what police describe as one of the most "horrific" crime scenes they have attended, Ms Camilleri's body was found in her kitchen, and her head was found several houses down the street, outside a neighbour's yard.

Jessica Camelleri. Picture: Supplied
Jessica Camelleri. Picture: Supplied

BAIL COURT

In bail court, Jessica Camilleri has been ordered to undergo a medical assessment at Nepean District Hospital and will be transported to the hospital from Amber Laurel Correctional Centre.

Camilleri appeared in court via video link and spoke to Magistrate Michael Price.

"I really need medical attention. I told all the officers and told the police at the station," she told the court.

"I cannot move my fingers properly because of the incident. I am not fit to come to jail until I get cleaned up.

"I could not wash myself properly in the shower to get all the blood off because of my fingers."

Camilleri told the court she had borderline autism, bipolar, mental health issues, depression and anxiety.

She was ordered to appear before Penrith Court after her medical assessment.

The scene on St Clair Ave in St Clair this morning where a woman dropped a decapitated head on the footpath overnight. Picture: David Swift.
The scene on St Clair Ave in St Clair this morning where a woman dropped a decapitated head on the footpath overnight. Picture: David Swift.

SUNDAY MORNING

At a media conference on Sunday morning, police said neighbours reported hearing guttural screams late on Saturday night, coming from the kitchen of the family home in St Clair, in Sydney's West, after a row allegedly erupted between Camilleri and her mother

The pair are believed to have argued before tensions escalated and the situation became violent.

Police allege Jessica Camilleri, who worked part time as a cashier at Kmart in Mt Druitt, used several knives when she launched her bloodied attack.

Ms Camelleri's head was dumped on a neighbour's footpath two doors down on St Clair Ave.

A young child witnessed the attack and suffered several minor head wounds.

Rita Camelleri. Picture: Facebook
Rita Camelleri. Picture: Facebook

They were taken to The Children's Hospital at Westmead for treatment.

When police arrived on the scene about 11.40pm they arrested Jessica Camilleri in a yard near her mother's decapitated head.

The rest of Ms Camilleri's body was found in the kitchen.

Knives believed to have been used in the incident were taken by police to be forensically examined.

Several crime scenes were established inside and outside the home.

Forensic police at St Clair Ave this morning. Picture: David Swift
Forensic police at St Clair Ave this morning. Picture: David Swift

Police officers said the family involved was known to them.

Nepean Police Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden, said officers were receiving counselling from psychologists after finding the decapitated head on the neighbour's footpath.

"There are things police are required to do on a day-to-day basis but this is one of the most horrific and distressing scenes," he said. "Police received a call from neighbours."

Mr McFadden said police would allege an argument occurred which became violent.

"The young child is at Westmead Hospital, he witnessed this tragic set of circumstances.

Police at the western Sydney scene. Picture: David Swift
Police at the western Sydney scene. Picture: David Swift

"The family is distraught, this was unforeseen, we're aware of the family but where was no information this situation in the family home was likely to occur.

"We allege a number of knives were used."

Officers and forensic experts were this morning combing the house and neighbours' properties for clues to piece together exactly what happened.

Police have established Strike Force Comeroy to investigate the death.

REACTION

Neighbour Rajinder Kaur said he came home overnight to find police and a blue tarpaulin "outside our door".

"I don't understand, they were so close, they were so close, they have a parrot they share and love and were always in a red car together."

"We came home and there were police with torches searching the street and house, there was something under blue tarpaulin outside our door."

Another neighbour said a child inside the house was crying as he was led out by police.

"He couldn't speak, he was crying and shaking and looked completely shocked," one neighbour said

Jessica's best friend said she has been in and out of mental health hospitals.

"I saw Jess and her mum the night before, they were fine and laughing," the friend said.

"Jess has serious mental health issues."

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Forensic work on the footpath in St Clair Ave this morning. Picture: David Swift
Forensic work on the footpath in St Clair Ave this morning. Picture: David Swift