"It took the jury of seven women and five men 24 minutes to reach its unanimous verdict, finding Ms Prendergast (aged 49), of Glenna Cottages, Commons Rd, Cork, not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering of Jessica Prendergast, 21, at that address on July 29, 2006."It continues:
"Ms Prendergast told gardaí during interviews that she “didn’t sleep at all” the night of the killing.As sad as this case is I have to use it as an example in a question I ask over and over: Why does it take the killing of an individual before someone, with a deep religious belief that God is communicating with them, is classed as insane? How is this any different than someone who "heard God telling them" not to take a doomed plane flight or seeing the face of Jesus in a piss stain on yesterdays underpants? Surely this case proves that believing is God is fucking mental!
She believed she was “getting messages from Our Lady from the water dripping into the toilet bowl”. She said that Our Lady told her to kill Jessica.
She went downstairs and got a knife from the kitchen, then returned to bed. “I said to her [Our Lady]: 'When do you want me to do it?' She said: ‘I’ll let you know, my love.’
At half past five she said: ‘You can do it now.’”Ms Prendergast went into her daughter’s room and stabbed her in the chest in what was described as a “frenzied attack”.
Jessica was struck with the knife almost 100 times."
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