Distraught mother stabs her own son
A Sydney man remains in hospital after allegedly being stabbed by his own mother in the early hours of Saturday after allegedly confessing to her about murdering someone.
The shocking incident occurred at around 1:40 am on Saturday, with emergency services being called to a home at Drumalbyn Rd in Bellevue Hill in the city’s east.
They discovered 22-year-old Hugo Ball with “multiple stab wounds” and was treated at the scene before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical condition, where he will reportedly stay after undergoing surgery.
Mr Ball’s mother Samantha Palmer, 55, was charged with wound person intend to cause grievous bodily harm (DV).
She was refused bail and appeared before Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Ms Palmer’s lawyer revealed to the court that Mr Ball had a history of drug abuse issues, and that the incident occurred when he returned home and began acting “erratically” and “incoherently”.
“My client is alarmed. She asked him what’s wrong, what’s the problem?” the publication reported Mr Emmery as saying.
“He tells her that he has committed a murder.
“You don’t have an accused person like this all of a sudden commit a crime like this … a mother in her 50s with no criminal history.”
He said his client had been threatened, and that there was a history of violence in the family.
Witnesses who were at the scene of the crime painted a confronting picture of what happened that night, with Ms Palmer heard screaming “I love you” as she was escorted into the back of a police van.
“I’m the mother of this child for God’s sake,” Mrs Palmer could be heard saying.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan told 9 News Mr Ball’s multiple stab wounds – including in the base of his skull – could have ended in tragedy.
“Initially he had extremely low blood pressure indicating he had a significant amount of bleeding and the location of the wounds can certainly be fatal,” Mr Buchanan said.
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