Accused murderer Jessica Camilleri to stay behind bars

Forensic crews on the scene of the murder at St Clair last month. Photo: Megan Dunn
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Accused murderer Jessica Camilleri will front court again in August after again being formally denied bail during a brief mention of the case today.

The 25-year-old, who is charged with one count of murder following the death of her mother at St Clair on Saturday night, was assessed in hospital on Sunday evening.

Her matter was briefly mentioned at Penrith Local Court today. She’ll return to the same court on August 9 where an application will be made for a forensic procedure to be carried out.

Camilleri did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

Police yesterday described the St Clair Avenue crime scene as “horrific”, with the victim suffering traumatic injuries. It is understood she was decapitated.

It’s been revealed today that Camilleri had previously suffered mental health issues. She worked part-time as a cashier at Kmart in Mount Druitt.

The victim, Rita Camilleri, has been described as “fun, irreverent and vibrant”.

Police investigate the scene at St Clair. Photo: Megan Dunn

“She loved music and was very community minded. She connected with everyone because she was lovely,” friend Cathleen Day told The Daily Mail.

“To add to the sadness, Rita was looking after her bedridden frail mother too… this is just horrific.”


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