Student murdered teenage girlfriend he thought was a demon sucking his life away – World News

Jordan Brodie Miller had been taking LSD 11 days before the murder, with witnesses saying they noticed a change in his demeanor, becoming more argumentative and speaking of being smarter and losing his “ego”.

Emerald Wardle, 18, was strangled at her partner's home
Emerald Wardle, 18, was strangled at her partner’s home

A student was found guilty of killing his girlfriend while in a psychotic episode.

Jordan Brodie Miller, 22, strangled his 18-year-old partner, Emerald Wardle, at his parents’ home in Maitland, near Sydney, Australia.

In a delusional state, Miller was convinced his girlfriend was a demon and attempted to suck the life out of him before killing her in June 2020, reports have reported Daily Mail.

The jury at his trial agreed with prosecutors, who argued his psychosis stemmed from his chronic drug abuse and the fact that he had taken a huge dose of LSD 11 days before his partner’s death.

His defense had claimed that Miller was predisposed to psychotic illness at the time of the tragedy.

Jordan Brodie Miller, 22, with partner Emerald Wardle, 18. Miller proceeded to strangle Mrs Wardle to death.

Members of the grandstand gasped in shock after the jury returned a guilty verdict after five days of deliberations, they said Daily Telegraph.

After the three-week trial, they ruled that Miller did not qualify for a “special sentencing” that would have found him guilty but not criminally responsible because of the psychotic illness.

The defense had also argued that he did not intend to kill his girlfriend, but “another one [inhuman] creature” – but that too was rejected.

Instead, they ruled that the mental health-related violence was solely the result of drug use.

Miller’s attorneys argued that he may have schizophrenia, but Professor David Greenberg presented evidence that Miller’s condition instead met criteria for drug-induced psychosis.

Ms Wardle’s mother told the court that her daughter adored Miller, calling him a “big, shy genius”.



However, another psychiatrist, Professor Olav Nielsen, said he would “give money” to Miller, who suffers from schizophrenia, which has been made worse by his drug use.

Ms Wardle’s mother, Tania Simshauser, commented during the trial, describing her daughter’s affection for Miller, whom she had described as a “big, shy genius”.

Miller’s friends and family, who also took the stand, described him as a “gentle giant,” but several said they noticed certain behavioral changes in him.

According to witnesses, since his acid “trip” on March 11, he had been

Through his job at a Caltex gas station, he was introduced to a counseling service and later told authorities he believed he was receiving messages about demons.

Miller appeared in court via video link the day after his arrest and repeatedly told the court he was a “murderer,” despite pleas from his attorney to remain silent.

He said, “I put my hands around Emerald Wardle’s neck”.

The 22-year-old, who had not previously been convicted of domestic violence, had also told authorities he was aware he was strangling Ms Wardle.

Miller was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

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