A mentally disturbed software engineer who killed his mother as she ate breakfast and his father as he lay in bed has been jailed for at least five years and six months.
‘These terrible crimes were committed in tragic circumstances which ended the lives of the offender’s parents,’ said Justice Peter Johnson in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.
David Reid, 48, pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his parents Diana, 71, and Graham, 75, at their Sutherland home where he had lived all his life.
David Reid, 48, (pictured) killed his mother as she ate breakfast and his father as he lay in bed
Dianna Reid and her husband Victor Graham Reid (pictured) were found dead in the family home in August, 2019
The crown accepted the pleas to the lesser charges on the basis he was substantially impaired by an abnormality of the mind.
On August 6, 2019, Reid stabbed his mother as she ate breakfast before going into the bedroom and stabbing his father while he was in and then getting out of bed.
He then rang triple-zero saying ‘I stabbed my parents and tried to…