Shea Sturt Wiki – Shea Sturt Bio
Shea Dylan Sturt was jailed for 22 years today for stabbing and strangling the 31-year-old at her Gardenvale home last June, in the midst of a cannabis-induced psychotic episode. Shea Sturt, 33, was in a drug-induced psychotic state when she killed Caitlin O’Brien, 31, at her Melbourne home in June 2019. Ms. O’Brien, a nurse who had a brain tumor removed a month earlier, was stabbed with scissors, suffocated with a pillow, and strangled in sweatpants.
Sturt, who was violent toward Ms O’Brien throughout their relationship, had been having delusions before the murder, believing he was Jesus and that his neighbors were worshipping Satan.
Shea Sturt Age
He is 33 years old.
Fast Facts You Need To Know
- Shea Sturt, 33, stabbed his girlfriend and strangled her with pants in June 2019
- Caitlin O’Brien was recovering from a brain operation when she was attacked
- Sturt was sentenced to 22 years jail in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday
Shea Sturt Stabbed Caitlin O’Brien
The couple had been together since they were teens, and Sturt had a previous conviction for assaulting her in 2010 and 2017. Mrs. O’Brien said Sturt had been violent towards her for seven of their 10 years that they had been together.
On June 23 of last year, during a discussion about the end of the world, Sturt attacked Ms. O’Brien. He ripped off her pants to see if she “still felt something” for her and held her, but she managed to escape and ran to the bathroom with a pair of scissors. However, Sturt overpowered her and stabbed her repeatedly before suffocating her with a pillow. He tied the sweatpants around her neck, showered, and placed his credit card on her chest before leaving. Sturt went to town and spoke to the police outside the Flinders Street station, confessing that he had killed Ms. O’Brien.
He told police he’d been manic for a few days. When officers told him he’d be charged with a murder he replied ‘cool’.
Justice Beale told the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday that Sturt was remorseful for his actions against Ms O’Brien and this episode was different because of the drug-induced psychosis.
Justice Beale said the drug use wasn’t an aggravating feature of the crime because he couldn’t be satisfied Sturt knew his cannabis use would cause the psychosis.
Sturt told doctors using cannabis was ‘like a cure-all’ and it ‘made me treat Cait better’.
Justice Beale said it wasn’t Sturt’s fault he had a schizo-type disorder, but said there were other ways he could have treated his anxiety.
He found there was a reasonable prospect Sturt could be rehabilitated.
Outside court Martine O’Brien said the family lost two people on the day her sister died and she hoped Sturt gets the help he needs.
She said she wants Ms O’Brien’s legacy as a nurse to live on and they hope to work with hospitals to honour her memory.
Sturt will be be eligible for parole after serving 16 years.