Thursday 27 July 2017

Mum pleads guilty to murder after killing three of her children by driving them into a lake

Her daughter (6) survived

Akon Guode (37) drove her son Bol (1), her four year old twins Hanger and Madit and Alual (6) into Lake Gladham in Melbourne. Only Alual survived the crash. (Photo: ABC)
Akon Guode (37) drove her son Bol (1), her four year old twins Hanger and Madit and Alual (6) into Lake Gladham in Melbourne. Only Alual survived the crash. (Photo: ABC)
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A mother has pleaded guilty to murder, after killing three of her children by driving them into a lake.

Akon Guode (37) drove her son Bol (1), her four year old twins Hanger and her brother Madit and her daughter Alual (6) into Lake Gladham in Melbourne. Only Alual survived the crash.

Afterwards she told police that a dizzy spell had caused her to veer into the lake, but that was ruled out by investigators.

Witnesses heard the car revving after it landed in the water according to 9news. They gave evidence against her at a four week committal in Melbourne Magistrates Court last June. Investigators also showed that the driver would have needed to turn the steering wheel three times to get into the lake.

She didn't address the hearing other than to respond guilty in response to a charge of infanticide in relation to her youngest son, two murder charges in relation to the death of her twins and attempted murder in relation to her six-year-old daughter.

Under Australian law infanticide is defined as conduct which causes the death of a child by a mother whose mind was "disturbed" within two years of that child's birth.

The family were refugees from Sudan, arriving in Australia in 2008.

A key witness at the trail testified that Ms Guode said she believed she was "under a spell" when she drove into the lake. She believed her lover's wife may have used a 'witchdoctor' against her the hearing heard.

Her partner Joseph Manyang was the father to the three decease children and Alual, who survived.

At the hearing Mr Manyang said he believed the tragedy was an accident and continued to visit Guode in prison.

"I'm still believing Akon, she didn't do it," he told the court according to local reports.

 

Anyone who is affected by any of the issues raised in this article can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

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