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Appeal Ruling For Melbourne Mum Who Killed Kids

A woman who killed three of her children and tried to murder a fourth in a Melbourne lake will return to court as she seeks to appeal her sentence.

Akon Guode, a Sudanese refugee, was jailed for at least 20 years after she drove into the Wyndham Vale lake in 2015 with four of her seven children in the car.

Guode's barrister in July unsuccessfully attempted to launch a bid to appeal her conviction on the basis of her mental state at the time of the killings.

Instead, the Court of Appeal held a hearing earlier this month into why Guode should have her sentenced reduced.

Guode pleaded guilty to murdering her four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit, killing her 16-month-old son Bol, and attempting to murder a fourth child.

At Guode's 2017 sentencing, Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry said the woman had survived being raped and the death of her soldier husband in war-torn Sudan before starting a new life in Australia.

An appeal judgment is due to be delivered in the Victorian Court of Appeal on Thursday.


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