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Accused mushroom killer pleads not guilty

Accused mushroom killer Erin Patterson has formally pleaded not guilty to murder, with the case now fast-tracked to Victoria’s Supreme Court.


Three people died after consuming an allegedly deadly mushroom meal at the 49-year-old’s Leongatha home in South Gippsland mid-last year.

She pleaded not guilty to all eight of her charges and was remanded in custody to face trial at the Supreme Court.

Ms Patterson is accused of killing her former in-laws, Don and Gail Patterson, and Gail’s sister Heather Wilkinson, after she cooked Beef Wellington for them - along with Gail’s husband Ian Wilkinson.

All four guests were admitted to hospital the day after the lunch and three later died in early August.

Ian Wilkinson received a liver transplant and was discharged from the hospital in September.

Ms Patterson is also accused of the attempted murder of her ex-husband Simon on four occasions dating back to 2021.

The case will be back in court on May 23.


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