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Court orders psychiatric evaluation for accused 13-y-o killer

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 9:42 AM

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the 13-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of his mother in Westmoreland.

The second form student was also remanded into custody yesterday when he made his first court appearance since the killing that made national headlines.

Forty-four year-old farmer Petrenia Grace McDonald was reportedly stabbed several times and her throat slashed as she watched television inside her home in Berkshire district about 7:40p.m. on December 5.

Relatives of the St Elizabeth Technical High School student and residents in the small community say they are still trying to come to grips with the killing.

One resident, who gave his name as Richard Green, said members of the community are still in shock over the gruesome killing, but are not completely convinced that the teenager is responsible.

"We know that this is a most cold blooded act, especially when it happens to such a loving and kind person like Grace, but I am one of those persons who are giving her son the benefit of the doubt,” Green said. 

One relative, who left McDonald’s home minutes before her death, revealed that he was still traumatised by what happened.

According to the relative, the 13-year-old accused shares a “very good relationship” both with him and his mother.

It’s reported that a neighbour heard a commotion at McDonald's house.

The neighbour reported that he went to investigate and saw the 13-year-old boy covered in blood and McDonald lying in a pool of blood in her bed. 

It was later discovered that McDonald had multiple stab wounds to her upper body and her throat was slashed. 

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