Morwell woman enters guilty plea

A woman charged with killing a man with a mattock in Morwell in 2014 has pleaded guilty to defensive homicide.

Bonnie Kate Sawyer-Thompson pleaded “not guilty to murder but guilty of defensive homicide” of Jack Nankervis at the Latrobe Valley Supreme Court on Thursday.

The prosecution accepted the pleas.

The then 20 year-old Morwell woman was charged with murdering Mr Nankervis with a mattock and knife on 20 June 2014.

On Thursday a jury of 14 was formally discharged by the judge prior to the plea but remained to hear it.

Sawyer-Thompson was remanded in custody and will appear in court on Thursday for a plea in mitigation where she will be sentenced for the crime of defensive homicide.

Victim impact statements are set to be delivered to the court as part of the proceedings.

“There will be what’s called a plea in mitigation where I’ll be told various things about the circumstances surrounding this incident and Ms Sawyer-Thompson’s personal circumstances and a range of other matters and then ultimately I’ll pass sentence on her for the crime of defensive homicide,” the judge informed the jury.