The Central Criminal Court’s heard a Dublin mum who killed her toddler son has an emotionally unstable personality disorder. 46 year old Hazel Waters of Ridge Hall in Ballybrack admits the manslaughter of two year old Hassan Khan two and a half years ago.
The Judge was told on October the 16th 2014 Hazel Waters arrived at her sister in law's home who immediately knew something was wrong. Ms Waters was motionless, had a blank look in her face and was unable to say where her son was.
The sister in law contacted gardai who went to Hazel Waters apartment where they found the body of her two year old son Hassan. He had been stabbed to death with a scissors.
The court heard Ms Waters had sent a message to her older son that day saying Hassan was a fake child who had been cloned and they were coming for her. When interviewed by gardai, Ms Waters said she would never hurt her son Hassan and described how he was a ‘great, wonderful boy.’ She was unable to recall anything about his death.
Just a few hours before the killing social services had been trying to contact Ms Waters. They had gotten involved with Hassan’s care after Ms Waters had contacted gardai two months earlier when she reported that his dad had taken him and a CRI alert was issued.
When gardai later viewed CCTV footage from October the 16th they noticed Ms Waters had spent two and half hours in a Centra walking around with a coffee before going to her sister in law's home.
A psychiatrist said Ms Waters has been diagnosed as having an emotionally unstable personality disorder and she was experiencing a psychotic disorder at the time of the killing which diminished her responsibility.
The Judge was told Ms Waters had been a devoted mother to Hassan and he was the centre of her world. She’s been in the Central Mental Hospital ever since and has amnesia about the stabbing.
The court heard Ms Waters said she had been psychically abused by her husband and he had punched her in the stomach during two of her pregnancies. She said she had terminated one of them. The Judge was told it's unclear where her husband, who was originally from Pakistan, is at present. He had furnished a victim impact statement to the court and said he forgave Hazel Waters for the 'hideous crime.'
A number of other victim impact statements were also read out to the court in which Hassan Khan was described as a lovely, happy two year old toddler with big brown eyes who loved animals and was fascinated with doors.
In her victim impact statement, Hazel Waters sister Olivia said the family were double victims of this tragedy. They had lost their nephew Hassan and they had to come to terms with the fact that their sister was responsible for his death. Olivia Waters said she had a range of emotions from guilt and anger to shame and love. She said she was broken hearted but didn’t blame Hazel because for all her faults she would never have harmed Hassan if she was in her right mind.
Hazel Waters will be sentenced next week.