Lucille Scollay stabbed her husband Guy through the heart
with a large kitchen knife at their Christchurch home last
Christchurch woman Lucille Scollay has been found not
guilty of her husband's murder but guilty of his manslaughter.
She admitted stabbing her husband through his heart during
the early hours of February 10 last year had fatal
consequences but she denied meaning to kill him.
Today, after two days of evidence at the High Court in
Christchurch, a jury took just over four hours to unanimously
find Mrs Scollay, 45, not guilty of murder.
They instead found her guilty of the lesser charge of
There were gasps of "yes'' from the public gallery at the
Scollay was remanded in custody until March 13.
However, defence counsel Rupert Glover called for a Section
38 psychiatric report to be prepared and she might not be
sentenced on that day.
Both families were relieved at the verdict.
Mr Scollay's dad Chris hugged his grandson Louis in the
Her defence claimed she only wanted to somehow shake her
deeply depressed 48-year-old husband out of his funk and make
him realise just how "desperate'' their lives had become.
The only issue for the jury was whether she had any murderous
intent when she picked up the large kitchen knife and plunged
it into his chest.
Mrs Scollay had become highly frustrated and dissatisfied
with their lives, the court has heard.
Her husband, a bright history major, became profoundly
depressed shortly after the birth of their only child, son
Louis Augustus 20 years ago.
Mr Scollay was on anti-depressant medication, the methadone
programme, barely left their house suffering undiagnosed
agoraphobia, and was essentially bedridden with scabies - his
only release the smoking of cannabis.
His wife's family encouraged `Lulu' to leave her beloved
`Guido' and "get her life back on track".
In the early hours of Sunday, February 10 last year, she
returned home after a night out drinking with a man she had
become close to, Greg Van Dyk.
Walking up the long Edgeware Rd drive, she decided to kill
her husband, the Crown contested.
"She took her husband by his shoulder as he lay sleeping on
his side, rolled him onto his back, got on top of him,
straddling him as he was still half asleep, brought the knife
up and stabbed him in chest, a deep wound that penetrated his
heart," Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh said.
Son Louis was woken by her "almost scary" shrieking.
He found his father - who he was very close to - lying
"limply on his back with blood coming out".
Mrs Scollay was apologising to her husband and pleading with
him to stay alive.
"He was basically just saying that it was OK... that he had
accepted his fate," Louis said.
After two days of evidence, Justice Cameron Mander this
morning summed up both cases for the jury, even though he
accepted "this has been a short trial".
He urged the jury to remain dispassionate when assessing the
evidence and considering whether Mrs Scollay had murderous
intent that night.
"You must judge the accused without fear or favour, unswayed
by emotion," the judge said.
"Feelings of sympathy for the deceased, or the accused, or
the situation of their son Louis, are inevitably aroused, but
you must simply set such feelings aside."
A joint statement released by the families after the verdict
said: "The family of Guy Scollay hold no animosity towards
Lucille for this tragedy.
"The family of Lucille Scollay are deeply saddened.
"A son is lost, a wife has lost her husband, and a young man
will now have to be without both father and mother.
"Both families request privacy.''