| 12.03,19. 08:01 PM |
Woman, 19, accused of choking man to death after meeting on dating app
Jamie Lee Dolheguy, 19, is accused of murdering Maulin Rathod, 24, on July 24 last year at Sunshine, in Melbourne’s west, after meeting on the dating app Plenty of Fish. She appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Source: AAP, file
A young Melbourne woman who allegedly choked a man to death after meeting him on a dating app had a long history of self-harm and mental health problems, a court has been told.
Jamie Lee Dolheguy, 19, is accused of murdering Maulin Rathod, 24, on July 24 last year at Sunshine, in Melbourne’s west, after meeting on the dating app Plenty of Fish.
The petite teenager appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a committal hearing, which will determine if the matter goes to trial.
The court was told Dolheguy was initially suspected of choking her victim with a USB cable.
Medical practitioner Shiraz Mahkri told the court he assessed Dolheguy after the alleged murder – noting her medical history of borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, disassociation, depression and suicidal ideation.
She had a history of pulling her hair out, self-harm and had old scars on her limbs he believed were self-inflicted, he added.
Forensic pathologist Noel Woodford said Mr Rathod died from a global cerebral hypoxic-ischemic brain injury – brain damage secondary to a lack of oxygen or blood supply.
He said this likely occurred due to compression of the neck, although Mr Rathod did not have ligature marks.
Dr Woodford added there did not appear to be evidence of sexual activity or intercourse.
The court was also told that before the alleged murder, Dolheguy was under the care of Jesuit Social Services, which organised care staff to spend day or overnight shifts offering her support.
Dolheguy’s lawyers previously flagged they would argue she was either mentally impaired or unfit to plead.
The hearing continues.