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Wednesday
Dec092009

Body-in-suitcase mother jailed

A Sydney woman who choked her two-year-old son and stuffed his body in a suitcase has been sentenced to at least 19 years’ jail. Rachel Pfitzner, 28, pleaded guilty to killing Dean Shillingsworth in October 2007. The NSW Supreme Court heard that Pfitzner held the child up by the hood of his jumper until he began to choke, then threw him to the floor. She later wrapped his body in plastic before stuffing it in the suitcase, which she dumped in a duck pond at Ambarvale in Sydney’s south-west. The suitcase was later found by a group of children.

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