A depressed and exhausted Melbourne mother who tried to kill herself and her disabled adult son, in a bid to end their pain and suffering, will almost certainly be spared jail.
Yvette Nichol, 63, was the primary carer for her autistic and epileptic son Brett, who also suffered from harrowing night terrors, when she tried to take his life and her own on May 27, later pleading guilty to attempted murder.
"I'm not going to send you to jail. That's not how I see these cases being dealt with," Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan told a pre-sentence hearing on Monday, noting the need for compassion.
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