‘House of horrors’ mum sentenced – and you won’t like what she got

‘House of horrors’ mum sentenced – and you won’t like what she got Police said the mattress in the cot was soiled to the point of being completely brown. They said the wall alongside this cot was covered in faeces where the child had apparently taken his nappy off and wiped his faeces over the wall. A mattress under the cot is also covered in excrement.
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Police say they were overwhelmed by the presence of faeces and urine stains throughout the house, including on this couch in the loungeroom.

A picture from one of the bedrooms showing unwashed clothing scattered on the floor. Police say clothing was piled up throughout the house.

One of the bedrooms, showing the soiled mattress and floor.

Another bedroom, another soiled mattress.

Police were greeted with this scene inside one of the children’s bedrooms. That’s excrement up the side of the wall.

The piles of clothes were stacked so high the children would have to step onto them to use the toilet, which itself was caked in faeces, police said.

The officers, many of them seasoned members of the force, said they were overwhelmed with the extent of the squalor.

The laundry was equally as bad.

There was rotting food in the kitchen drawers, police said.

The floor of the kitchen was dirty, the plates were stacked high, a fry pan was covered in hardened oil and there was barely any edible food in the house.

The woman told FACS she thought the house was okay for the children to live in.

Family and Community Services paid to have the house industrially cleaned and fumigated however it returned to its filthy state within weeks.

Faeces and urine stains can be seen on the carpet inside the house.

TweetFacebookIf this involved cats or dogs, I would have had the option of sentencing this woman to jail and making orders that reduced the risk of this sort of thing happening again – here, I’m not able to do that.

“Whilst Ican denounce herconduct by suggesting it is perhaps one of the worst cases of neglect that’s been brought to me in a criminal form, there’s not much more that this court can do in relation to sentencing the offender.

“This is an area where perhaps the community has been let down by the sentencing regime. Clearlyhaving more sentencing options available would be appreciated by judicial officers.”

Another bedroom, another soiled mattress.

Court documents reveal officers who turned up to the house in October last year to check on thewelfare of the three young children described the living conditions inside the home as “near uninhabitable”.

They saidthe house was covered in human faeces, there was a drawer full of rotting food,unwashed clothing piled high and an infestation of flies and cockroaches in multiple rooms.

The children were immediately removed from their mother’s carebyFamily and Community Services.

The woman was subsequently charged withneglecting a young person in care and taking action that results in health/physical damage, to which she pleaded guilty.

The maximum penalty that could be imposedin court on Friday was a fine of $44,000:Magistrate Douglass chose to reduce that to $25,000 given the woman’searly guilty plea.

However, at the same time he also fully acknowledged the futility of the sentence.

“This person has had periods of homelessness and has no real access to money,” he said.

“It’s hard to be satisfied that a monetary fine will act as a deterrent to such offending given her circumstances, but that is what the court is required to do by the direction of parliament.”

The woman was not present in court to hear the sentence butwill have 28 days in which to lodge an appeal.

Illawarra Mercury

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