A Sydney mother accused of repeatedly stabbing her son in her multimillion-dollar property is set to spend Christmas behind bars after a flagged bail application did not go ahead.
Samantha Palmer, 55, has been charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (domestic violence-related) after she allegedly stabbed her 22-year-old son Hugo Ball at the weekend.
Emergency services were called in the early hours of Saturday to the sprawling home at Drumalbyn Rd in ritzy Bellevue Hill, in the city’s eastern suburbs.
Police documents tendered in court and seen by news.com.au on Wednesday allege Ms Palmer wounded Mr Ball in a brief window of time between 1.30am and 1.40am.
According to property reports, the home is less than one kilometre from the elite private school Scots College, attended by Mr Ball, and has views of Sydney Harbour. It last sold in 2012 for $3.15 million.
Ms Palmer faced Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday and was listed for a bail review at Central Local Court on Wednesday.
But when asked by Magistrate Robert Williams whether he was making a “release application today?”, Ms Palmer’s barrister Nicholas Baltinos replied: “No, Your Honour.”
Earlier, Mr Baltinos had said it was “not necessary” for his client to be brought up on screen.
“I’ve got my instructing solicitor talking to her (Ms Palmer) now,” he told the court.
He asked the magistrate to make an order for the service of the brief of evidence from police.
Mr Williams did so and adjourned the case to January 20.
He formally refused bail and noted Ms Palmer would appear via video link on the next date.
Mr Baltinos told reporters outside court he would not comment in the interests of his client.
Ms Palmer was arrested at the scene on Saturday morning and taken to Waverley Police Station where she was charged later that day.
The 55-year-old, married to Mr Ball’s stepfather Jamies Tilley, was heard yelling “Jamie, Jamie, darling” and “I love you Jamie” as she was led away by officers to a paddy wagon.
“I’m the mother of this child for God’s sake,” she said.
Police said a knife was seized at the home and it was taken for forensic examination.
Mr Ball was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition and underwent surgery on Saturday after allegedly being stabbed in his upper body.
“Initially he had very low blood pressure, indicating that he’s got a significant amount of bleeding going on,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan told 9News.
“And also the locations of the wounds can certainly be fatal.”
The Daily Mail reports he had been discharged by Tuesday night and is staying at his father Ian Ball’s $5.5 million terrace in Paddington.