Domestic violence - Cara Lee Hall stabbed her husband to death as he slept on a mattress.
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Domestic violence - Cara Lee Hall stabbed her husband to death as he slept on a mattress.

Cara Lee HallA Perth mother will spend at least 18 years in jail for stabbing her husband to death as he slept in their home, before turning the kitchen knife on two of her young sons.

Cara Lee Hall, (pictured with husband Glenn), was found guilty in a 2017 trial of murdering 33-year-old Glenn Hall at the family's home in the southern Perth suburb of Leda in December 2015, before attacking two of their four sons, who at the time were aged 11 and 4.

Mr Hall was stabbed more than 16 times as he slept on a mattress.

Hall then called triple zero and said she had stabbed her husband because he was trying to kill her and their children.

The court heard Hall was having paranoid delusions that her husband was trying to kill the children or that he was trying to sell them into the sex trade.

She also claimed she was hearing voices from God and the Devil.

But state prosecutor Brett Tooker argued Hall's mental condition was affected by her use of drugs, including methamphetamine and cannabis, which she said she had smoked the night before the murder.

Justice Michael Corboy accepted that Hall suffered serious psychological and psychiatric illnesses because of her traumatic and dysfunctional upbringing, but he ruled it would not be "unjust" to impose a life jail term.

He found that while Hall, in her psychotic state, did believe her husband was going to harm her and her children, that was not a reasonable belief.

Justice Corboy also said Hall knew from past experience that using illicit drugs affected her mental state and wellbeing.

He described the murder as "brutal and savage", saying Hall had subjected her husband to a frenzied attack.

Justice Corboy also said the attack on her sons must have been "extraordinarily frightening and terrifying" and was likely to be something that would mark them for the rest of their lives.

A restraining order is in place banning Hall from ever having contact with her two sons.

Several members of Mr Hall's family and friends were in court to hear the sentence, wearing t-shirts with photos of him printed on the front.

When the sentence was read out and Hall was led away, one shouted: "Rot in hell, bitch."

Outside court, Mr Hall's brother Jamie spoke to reporters.

"It's been a terrible tragedy what's happened to our family and we'd just like to thank the DPP and everyone else who's been involved in this case," Mr Hall said.

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