Willetton Senior High School student admits stabbing teacher in planned failed murder attempt in online game chat
One of two Perth students accused of stabbing a teacher at a southern suburban high school has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
- The 14-year-old stabbed the teacher during a school meeting
- She planned to kill her but the teacher moved
- She will be sentenced in July
The girl was 14 in November last year when she brought a knife to Willetton Senior High School and attacked the teacher during a meeting around 11.00am.
A previous hearing in Perth Children’s Court was told when the intention was to inflict life-threatening injuries on the teacher, she moved just before she was stabbed and ended up suffering only one injury one centimeter near his left armpit.
It was alleged that the stabbing had been discussed in previous weeks with another 13-year-old student on an online chat platform.
The student, who pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge, allegedly hid the knife in her bag before returning it to the 14-year-old before the attack.
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The court was previously told while the 14-year-old was ‘the driving force’ behind the attack, the 13-year-old was aware of her desire to kill the teacher.
Perth Children’s Court today was told that the facts of the case would not be disputed at trial and that the issue would be the ability of the girl, who is now 14, to fully understand what she was doing.
The girl, who appeared via video link from her home, was released on bail until her trial begins, when she was told she would have to appear in court in person.
The eldest daughter who pleaded guilty was again released on bail, with strict conditions including a 24-hour curfew, until she is sentenced in July.
His lawyer, Tony Elliott, said a report would be provided by his treating psychologist, but presiding juvenile court Hylton Quail also ordered an independent psychological report.
Judge Quail told the girl he did not yet have an opinion on what sentence she should receive, although he said the charge against her was “extremely serious”.
However, Judge Quail said the girl would be found guilty of pleading guilty as soon as possible, which he said was “extremely important”.