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Mother who killed her three children by driving into lake has sentence slashed

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A mother who killed three of her children by deliberately driving into a lake at Wyndham Vale has had her original jail sentence reduced after a complex legal saga.

A mother who killed three of her children by deliberately driving into a lake at Wyndham Vale has had her original jail sentence reduced after a complex legal saga.

Akon Guode killed her four-year-old twins, her 16-month-old son and almost killed her fourth child when she drove an SUV into a Wyndham Vale lake in 2015.

Guode disagreed with her 26-year prison sentence and won an appeal.

"The Court of Appeal accepted that objectively Ms Guode's offending was 'about as heinous a crime as one could reasonably contemplate,'" the Summary of Judgment read.

"At the time Ms Guode committed the offences, she had a major depressive disorder consequent upon her giving birth to her youngest child and her life was in turmoil.

"Moreover, as the sentencing judge observed, Ms Guode had had an extraordinarily difficult life, having watched her husband being murdered in South Sudan before she herself was raped until she was unconscious.

"Ms Guode's mental functioning was impaired by her major depressive disorder to a point where her capacity to exercise appropriate judgment, and her capacity to think clearly and make calm and rational choices, and to appreciate the wrongfulness of her conduct at the time, was impaired.

"In all the circumstances, she was entitled to some mercy in the sentence imposed."

Guode must now serve 18 years behind bars.

She can apply for parole in 14 years and will likely be deported after release.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/akon-guode-killed-three-children-by-driving-into-wyndham-vale-lake-sentence-slashed/43b2f8b6-41b5-481b-875d-d8496c2c9a98

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