Melbourne mum pleads guilty to killing aunt with hammer while pregnant

A Melbourne mum was eight months pregnant when she put on gloves and killed her aunt, prominent greyhound trainer Karen Leek, with a hammer, a court has heard.

Jessie Moore fronted the Supreme Court today, pleading guilty to killing her 69-year-old aunt in May 2020 in Melbourne's outer south east.

Moore, who was eight months pregnant, and her five-year-old daughter were living at Ms Leek's Devon Meadows home at the time.

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The court heard Ms Leek, a respected leader of Victoria's greyhound racing industry, was taking care of the child while Moore was a drug-user.

Ms Leek had repeatedly asked her niece to leave the property because of of her lying, stealing and drug use.

On the night of the attack the pair had an argument about Moore's boyfriend.

Moore then put on rubber gloves and grabbed a hammer and attacked Ms Leek as she sat in her armchair.

The prosecution told the court the 26-year-old had an intention to kill, striking the victim 12 times in the face, then putting a plastic bag over her head.

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Moore then left the house with her daughter and had KFC for dinner.

The next day she returned and made a panicked 000 call pretending she'd found her aunt's body.

The court heard Moore was a suspect from day one, and her DNA was later found to be a match.

Psychiatrists said the mother of two had borderline personality disorder that impaired her functioning.

Moore's lawyer said her client both loved and resented Karen Leek.

The court heard Moore continued to blame her victim, saying she felt like her aunt was controlling her, and also claiming that Karen pushed her first, which was why she grabbed the hammer.

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