Matricide suspect found to be lacking criminal capacity

June 11, 2009, Thursday/ 18:38:00
A girl who reportedly shot her mother to death on Sunday in southern Adana province after she refused to allow her to take the Level Determination Exam (SBS) will not be tried since it was made clear by officials that being under the age of 12, she lacks the capacity for criminal responsibility.

The young girl, identified only by her initials, R.A., called the police early Sunday to inform them that she had shot her mother in the head. Police officers, who rushed to the address the girl provided, found Songül A., 39, lying in a pool of blood. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save her. “My mother had not sent me to school for the last three months. I was supposed to take the SBS today, but she did not allow me to do so. We fought over the issue last night. I couldn't sleep all night. I took my father's handgun early in the morning and shot my mother in the head,” R.A. was quoted as saying by newspapers. She took the SBS exam on Sunday under police surveillance and said she answered 70 to 80 of the questions correctly.

Since R.A. was a seventh grader, whose age is normally 13, it has been a source of debate since the murder whether she was over 12. Yet it was made clear on Tuesday that she started school at an earlier age than her peers and that she was 11 years old.

Speaking to the Sabah daily, R.A.'s father said his daughter had psychological problems. Stating that R.A. was raised by her aunt, who was also the wife of his late father, he said she had returned home recently.

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