Killer knew what she was doing, Crown says

NEW WESTMINSTER – A Surrey woman who stabbed her mother 24 times knew it was morally and legally wrong and should be found criminally responsible despite her mental illness.

 

That’s what Crown prosecutor Craig Yamashiro argued in his final submissions Tuesday, in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

 

Gloria Zerbinos, 30, is being tried for second-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2012 death of her 43-year-old mother Panagiota "Yota" Zerbinos.

 

"She knew it was wrong to kill her mom," Yamashiro told Justice Fritz Verhoeven. "She attempted to conceal what she had done. She did know it was morally wrong and she acted despite it."

 

The victim’s body was found lying on the living room floor of her daughter’s basement suite in Fleetwood with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest.

 

Justice Fritz Verhoeven heard she was stabbed 24 times and had been afraid to be alone with her daughter in the months leading up to her death.

 

The court had already heard testimony that the accused had assaulted her mother on more than one occasion before the homicide.

 

Yamashiro noted a pathologist found Zerbinos stabbed her mom with the force of "pounding a nail into hard wood."

 

Zerbinos was arrested in Vancouver on Nov. 10, 2012, inside a Vancouver strip club called No. 5 Orange, where she’d worked as a dancer about a year and a half earlier under her stage name, "Naudia Nice."

 

Zerbinos’ lawyer John Gustafson argued she should be found not criminally responsible because she is mentally ill.

 

Psychiatrist Todd Tomita diagnosed Zerbinos with Mixed Personality Disorder, with histrionic and antisocial traits.

 

But Yamashiro argued she knew well what she was doing.

 

"There is no reliable evidence her psychosis was active and present during the predicate offence," he said.

 

At times Zerbinos rocked from side to side in the witness box. She did not testify.

 

The judge will reveal his decision on whether Zerbinos will be found criminally responsible next Thursday, July 23.

 

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

Air helicopter called to scene after report of shots fired in Abbotsford

Incident Monday afternoon in the area of Ross and Simpson roads

Surrey Mounties investigate drive-by shooting in Fleetwood

It happened Monday afternoon in the 8000-block of 153A Street. Police say no victim has been located.

18-year-old to hospital after shots fired in White Rock

Police investigating early-morning incident

White Rock RCMP unaffected by Surrey’s choice of police force, city says

Mayor Darryl Walker to meet with RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Creighton

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

Touching note left on Lower Mainland veteran’s windshield

A veteran is hoping the writers of a note know how much he was touched by their kind words.

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Most Read