Moyston murderer stabbed ex's mother in throat: court

A MOYSTON woman who pleaded guilty to having murdered her ex-partner's mother by repeatedly stabbing her in the neck appeared in Ballarat's Supreme Court for a plea hearing on Friday.

Leah Marie Stensholt, 42, sat in the dock wiping her eyes with a tissue before proceedings under Justice Elizabeth Curtain began.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Grant recapped the series of events which led to the death of Stenholt's ex-partner's mother Carol McDonald on May 5 last year.

Mr Grant said Stensholt had travelled to the house of her former partner's mother that evening.

The court heard that after being refused entry into the house, Stensholt made her way inside, grabbed Ms McDonald by the throat, picked up a 20cm knife from the kitchen drawer and stabbed her in the neck.

Stensholt's defence lawyer Peta Murphy said her client had borderline personality disorder traits and was experiencing numerous stresses in her life at the time of the offence.

Stensholt plead guilty to one count of murder in Melbourne Supreme Court on November 6 last year. The hearing continues.

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