An Australian woman charged with murdering an Indian student she met on a dating app believed she was a werewolf, and carers say she should never have been left unsupervised.
The carers said Jamie Dolheguy, 18, who once snarled and tried to bite people while suffering the werewolf delusion, has an acute psychiatric illness and was a danger to the public.
“Everyone is scared of her,” a carer said.
“No one was surprised [she allegedly killed the student]. We were all heartbroken but not surprised.”
Until recently, Dolheguy had two carers with her at all times, day and night.
But it is unclear what – if any – mental health support was provided to her in recent months.
The Age was told her 24-hour support had ceased and carers instead paid her regular visits.
Police allege Dolheguy killed Maulin Rathod at her Melbourne, Victoria home after the two arranged through a dating app to meet there on the evening of July 23.
The 25-year-old man was critically injured and taken to Sunshine Hospital about 9pm, where he died overnight.
Rathod moved to Australia four years ago to study and was in the process of completing a master’s degree in accounting. His parents in India are struggling to deal with the loss of their only child.
In public social media posts detailing her tough life, Dolheguy wrote that she was not taken seriously when she told her psychiatrist she was “sick”.
“If only they believed me when I said I’m not sane,” she said. “I live in fear, afraid of what’s behind the corner, my heart is black. I no longer feel the emotions of happiness unless I see someone else suffer.”
The 18-year-old wrote that she believed “demons are real and ghost are too, they live inside us and sometimes they win.”
“Sometimes when no one is looking, my demon comes out to play. I try and fight her but she just gets stronger.”
The carer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Dolheguy’s behaviour prior to Rathod’s death was “extreme”.
“She was extremely disturbed,” she said.
The worker believed the highly distressed and traumatised young woman would not have received adequate psychological help for her needs.
She said this was due to a lack of services in the area and Dolheguy’s volatile behaviour.
In recent months the young woman’s intensive services were largely reduced. She was free to come and go from her Sunbury home as she pleased.
Another person familiar with Dolheguy’s case said: “Jamie should never have been in our community and left on her own to [allegedly] harm another person.
“The police, ambulance … everyone knew the risk she posed to the community and herself, yet that risk was not taken seriously.”
Police have not released details about how Maulin Rathod was allegedly killed.
Lovepreet Singh, a friend of Rathod, said his parents had been left devastated by his violent and sudden death.
“His parents are in shock,” he said. “He was a very nice person. He had a jolly nature and he was a cricket lover. I loved to hang around him. He had a very humble personality and tried really hard with his studies.”
It remains unclear what services were provided to Dolheguy, as a spokeswoman for the government said they could not comment on specific cases or matters before the courts.
On Monday, Dolheguy sat impassively with her head slightly down as she appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court via a video link from custody.
She is charged with murder, attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury and recklessly causing serious injury.
She was remanded in custody to appear again on November 19.