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BRAMPTON, Ontario, Dec 15, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Two Canadian teenagers have been found guilty of first degree murder in the bathtub drowning of their mother.

"The two defendants set out to commit the perfect crime but instead they created the perfect prosecution," said Justice Bruce Duncan, who heard the case in Ontario without a jury.

Because of their ages at the time of the death, neither the sisters nor their mother can be identified under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the CBC said,

Prosecutors say the teens plied their mother with drugs and alcohol on Jan. 18, 2003, before one of them held the victim's head underwater until she drowned.

The defense argued that the mother was an alcoholic who was in a self-induced stupor when she accidentally drowned in the tub.

During the trial, the court saw a videotape in which the defendants separately admitted to killing their mother. Further, a family friend testified the girls had described the killing.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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