Saturday 16 December 2017

Five years for mother who stabbed son to death

Hazel Waters
Hazel Waters

Andrew Phelan

A beautician who stabbed her toddler son to death with a pair of scissors while under a delusion that he was a "clone" has been jailed for five years.

Hazel Waters (47) was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court to seven years in prison with the final two suspended under conditions.

Waters, who had been a "devoted mother" but suffered from a personality disorder, had a psychotic episode when she killed her two-year-old boy Hassan at their south Dublin apartment.

Sentencing her, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy noted the treating doctor at the Central Mental Hospital said Waters had declined to engage in psychotherapy and would not "give any explanation as to the event itself".

"It is clearly a case where as she is reintroduced into the community, she must in her own interest and the interest of the community submit to treatment," the judge said.

He measured the appropriate sentencing starting point was around eight to 10 years, and the only mitigating factor he could give her credit for was her plea itself.

Hassan Waters
Hassan Waters

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"It is in society's interest that she be reintroduced to society in a structured manner and remain in medical treatment," the judge said.

"In those circumstances I am going to suspend the last two years on her entering a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for four years on release."

Waters stared intently at the judge but showed no emotion as he passed sentence. Waters, of Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Muhammad Hassan Khan between October 15 and 16, 2014. She had originally been charged with murder but she denied that charge and the prosecution accepted her manslaughter plea.

Judge McCarthy said the only mitigating factor he could consider was her plea of guilty.

The court heard she killed her son and left his body at their south Dublin apartment before going to her sister-in-law's house, where gardaí were called.

Victim impact statements by members of Waters' family and Hassan's father Saleem Khan were previously heard by the court.

Her sister Olivia said the family were "double victims" of the tragedy, and they had never fully recovered.

It is understood Waters will be returned to the Central Mental Hospital for treatment.

Irish Independent

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