A DELUSIONAL assassin, who thought he was Jesus, killed his girlfriend by repeatedly stabbing her to demise with scissors earlier than smothering her with a pillow and strangling her with tracksuit bottoms.
Shea Sturt, 33, was in a cannabis-psychotic state when he stabbed nurse Caitlin O’Brien as much as 5 occasions at their Melbourne dwelling in June final yr.
Hours after the homicide, Sturt begged police to arrest him, telling the officer how he strangled the favored nurse, ABC Australia stories.
After pleading responsible to homicide, the killer was sentenced to 22 years in jail at Victoria Supreme Court docket on Wednesday.
‘A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP’
Sturt, who was violent in the direction of Caitlin all through their relationship, had reportedly been having delusions earlier than the homicide – believing that he was Jesus, she was the satan and their neighbours have been worshipping Devil, Australian Related Press report.
The couple had been collectively since they have been teenagers. He had a previous conviction for assaulting her in 2010.
In 2017, Caitlin stated that Sturt had been violent in the direction of her for seven out of the 10 years that they’d been collectively.
Roughly one month earlier than she died, Caitlin had a mind tumour eliminated however at all times lived in worry of her “more and more erratic” boyfriend.
Caitlin was solely 31 when “her life was lower brief”, Justice Christopher Beale advised the court docket.
“You murdered her in her own residence, a spot the place she ought to’ve been secure.
“It was not a one-off incident of home violence.”
It was not a one-off incident of home violence.”
Justice Christopher Beale
The court docket heard that Sturt had a schizophrenia-type persona dysfunction and smoked hashish to really feel calmer.
However Justice Beale stated utilizing hashish was not the one method that Sturt may’ve tackled his anxiousness.
“You have been conscious that hashish would possibly trigger you to turn out to be violently psychotic,” the choose advised Sturt.
On the morning of the homicide, Sturt started speaking to the sufferer in regards to the finish of the world.
Court docket paperwork revealed that he ripped her pants off to see if he “nonetheless felt something” for Caitlin and held her down.
She managed to get away and ran to the toilet the place she armed herself with a pair of scissors.
Sturt overwhelmed her – stabbing her repeatedly with the scissors and smothering her with a pillow.
He tied tracksuit pants round her neck, showered and positioned her bank card on her chest earlier than leaving.
He reportedly pleaded with police to arrest him, reportedly saying: “I’ve simply killed my girlfriend.”
When police advised Sturt that he could be charged with homicide, the killer replied “cool”.
Hours later welfare officers discovered a pair of pants tightly wrapped round Caitlin’s neck.
Sturt started to have delusions that he was Jesus and compelled Caitlin to eat an apple so “she could possibly be like Eve” and “enlightened” two days earlier than the homicide, AAP reported.
Chilling messages have been exchanged the place the nurse admitted that she was “scared” of Sturt murdering her.
“I might by no means harm you”, Sturt advised the sufferer.
“I hope so. I get scared,” Caitlin replied.
“Of what,” Sturt requested.
“You murdering me,” she stated.
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Justice Beale advised the court docket that Sturt was remorseful and advised there was a “affordable prospect” that the killer could possibly be rehabilitated.
Caitlin’s sister Martine stated that on the day of the homicide the household “misplaced two individuals”.
“I simply hope that he [Sturt] makes use of the following few years to rehabilitate himself”, she stated.
“That’s what my sister would’ve needed. She would’ve needed him to get higher.
“She would have needed him to get assist. And I actually hope that he does that.”
Sturt has to serve not less than 16 years in jail earlier than being eligible for parole.