A schoolgirl accused of filming herself attempting to murder her parents claimed a voice inside her head insisted that she kill them.
The 15-year-old, who videoed herself putting a noose around her mother's neck and trying to stab her father with scissors, said she never intended to hurt her parents.
She told a jury she pretended to carry out the voice's instructions in the hope it would go away for long enough for her to get psychiatric help.
In the video, the girl first filmed herself as she sat in her bedroom dressed in a silk nightgown and discussing what she planned to do to her parents, who were downstairs. The film then switched to the downstairs living room.
The girl's mother could be seen sitting at the computer unaware of what was about to happen. In the background, the commentary of a televised rugby match could be heard and the jury were told her father was sitting on a sofa watching the match.
As the film continued, the girl then walked up to her mother, standing directly behind her and then looping a length of cord around her neck.
At first, the mother says to her daughter "What are you doing? That is not very funny." The teenager replied "It's not meant to be funny." As the film continues, the girl is seen pulling the cord tight.
Moments later, the mother says "Then stop doing it, let go." Her daughter replied "No I am not going to let go." By now, the mother had swivelled around in her chair to face the daughter, who still had the cord tight around her neck.
The mother then says to the girl "You are strangling me" and calling her husband's name out loud she tells him "She is strangling me." The figure of the father then appears in view as he makes his way towards his wife and daughter with his back to the camera.
As he faces the girl, there is a sudden movement and he screams out "You tried to stab me! You tried to stab me!"
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