Akon Guode, a mother who killed three of her children back in April 2015, pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to twenty-six years and six months in prison.
Guode drove her four children into a lake in Melbourne, Australia, killing 16-month-old son Bol and four-year-old twins, Hanger and Madit. The fourth child, six-year-old Alual, survived thanks to the help of some emergency crews who pulled him out of the car moments after the tragedy occurred.
Although the father of the children testified that Guode would not have harmed them deliberately and that she had been feeling dizzy earlier that day, another witness said that Guode had been thinking about killing her kids on the same day of the calamity.
According to the judge Lex Lasry, the mother’s actions were the “product of extreme desperation.” He set a non-parole period of 20 years, and believes that Guode, who came to Australia as a refugee, will be deported after serving her sentence.