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Updated December 19, 2019 18:55:17
A Melbourne woman who met a man using an online dating app, invited him over for sex and then strangled him in bed has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Online dating Key points:
- Maulin Rathod, 24, died after being strangled at a home in Sunbury in July 2018
- He had messaged Jamie Lee Dolheguy on an online dating app and they met for sex
- The defence argued Dolheguy was so damaged that the jury could not be satisfied she had “murderous intent”
Jamie Lee Dolheguy was charged with murder over the death of Indian student Maulin Rathod at a Sunbury house in July 2018.
But a Supreme Court jury instead found she was guilty of manslaughter.
It was never disputed that Dolheguy killed Mr Rathod but her barrister questioned whether she had “murderous intent”.
She was 18 when she met her victim via the online dating app Plenty of Fish and they exchanged brief messages before agreeing to meet up.
Her online profile indicated she was dating for the first time, had borderline personality disorder, suicidal ideation and extreme fetishes, including bondage.
“We’ll do whatever you want,” Mr Rathod told Dolheguy via text before he drove over to her house.
While Mr Rathod, 24, was on his way, the teenager went online and searched “I’m going to kill someone tonight for fun” and “I will kill someone tonight, I want to commit murder”.
Online dating ‘I strangled him’
At the beginning of the trial, the jury was told Dolheguy discussed choke play with her victim.
She then choked him before wrapping a cable around his neck and strangling him, the court was told.
The killer immediately phoned police and confessed.
“He came, he didn’t seem scared. I strangled him,” she told a police officer.
“He’s on my bed. It feels so good.
“I don’t want to be a killer.”
Her lawyer told jurors Dolheguy had a difficult upbringing and had experienced extreme abuse that forced her into care from the age of 10.
She has a personality disorder and history of self-harm and suicide attempts.
From the age of 14 she lived with full-time carers but that provision was removed when she turned 18 and she lived alone.
“Ms Dolheguy was so damaged, and her mind was in such chaos that you couldn’t be satisfied she had murderous intent,” defence barrister Sharon Lacy said.
Her mind was “a torrent of terrifying thoughts and emotions”, Ms Lacy said.
Now aged 20, Dolheguy will face a pre-sentence hearing in April next year.
First posted December 19, 2019 15:50:59