She entered her pleas with help from an interpreter. Guode arrived in Australia from South Sudan in 2008. Image copyright ABC Image caption Onlookers tried to save the children after the car entered the lake Image copyright EPA Image caption Guode (l) after the funeral in April 2015 of the children who died Joseph Manyang, the father of the three children, told a hearing last year that Guode said she felt dizzy before the crash. He described Guode as a "loving mother" who would not have harmed the children intentionally. However, a key witness told police in a statement that Guode spoke about killing her children on the day of the tragedy. Frantic rescue attempts Passersby and emergency crews tried desperately to rescue the children in the moments after the car entered Lake Gladman in Wyndham Vale. A harrowing emergency call from one witness was played during a court hearing last year. "I saw them deliberately drive in there, well it looked like that anyway," Alexandra Colson-Ing said, according to The Age . After moving closer to the scene, she said: "They are floating, they are floating in the water.