Fremantle: trial of woman accused of stabbing son to death while pregnant begins

Fremantle: trial of woman accused of stabbing son to death while pregnant begins

A PERTH woman who allegedly murdered her son by stabbing him in the chest after she was thrown off a bus for disorderly behaviour was visibly pregnant and drug affected, a court has heard.

Tanya Mynette Ugle, 37, was arrested moments after 18-year-old Jamahl Jordan Ugle was fatally injured at the Fremantle bus exchange in November 2016.

Her judge-alone Supreme Court of WA trial on Monday heard the pair were seen yelling at each other before she walked away, leaving behind the bleeding, shirtless teen.

A transit officer testified in a written statement that Jamahl was breathing frantically, holding his hand over the puncture wound and repeatedly saying “it hurts” before slumping on a bench while Transperth staff applied first aid.

The transit officer and a colleague chased Ugle to a nearby shopping centre, grabbed her and put her in handcuffs.

When they asked her “what did you use?” she allegedly replied “tweezers”.

One of the police officers who arrived moments later said Ugle was swearing and screaming incoherently as they tried to inform her of her rights, and was “clearly drug affected”.

According to the policeman, she said “he pushed me – he beats me” before a kitchen knife with a bent end was found tucked into her pants.

The court heard Ugle also said “if I lose this baby, you’re f***ing dead” as some of her family members who had gathered around shouted that she was pregnant.

Another transit officer said she had an “early-stage baby bump”, estimating she was about half-way through her term.

Ugle is being tried before a judge-alone, who is determining whether she was of sound mind, had one of the intentions necessary to constitute murder, and if so, whether the reason for that was voluntary intoxication.