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Cairns’ child killer case in court

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A Cairns mother accused of murdering eight children could have her case heard by Queensland’s Mental Health Court.

Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, 37, the mother of seven of the children and aunt to the eighth, was charged with eight counts of murder after the children were found dead at a Manoora home last month.

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Her case was briefly mentioned in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday, but she wasn’t present.

Magistrate Suzette Coates adjourned the case for three months to allow a number of reports to be finalised.

“Why not transfer it to the Mental Health Court?” she said.

“I think that is the most appropriate way for it to be dealt with.”

The Mental Health Court decides the state of mind of people charged with criminal offences.

The magistrate also heard an involuntary treatment order was still in place.

Thaiday was initially treated at the Cairns Base Hospital before being transferred to Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

Her case has been adjourned until June 24.

Manoora community advocate Yodie Batzke says people are beginning to heal, more than a month after the tragedy.

“We’re seeing a greater awareness of a sense of community,” she told AAP.

Counselling and other support services are still being utilised in Manoora, the wider Cairns region and the Torres Strait Islands, where the grieving family members are from.

The children, aged two to 14 years, were farewelled at a service at the Cairns Convention Centre by thousands of mourners on January 10.

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