Justice for Enmore 7-11 axe attack victims
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In the early morning of January 7 2017, after rejection from a tinder date, Evie Amati updated her Facebook status to read, "Humans are only able to destroy, to hate, so that is what I shall do." Then armed herself with a knife and an axe and walked into a 7-Eleven in Enmore, launching a sinister attack on innocent and unsuspecting victims.
Following a three-week trial in 2018, Evie Amati was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years and standard minimum non-parole period of 10 years. Amati received a sentence of just 9 years and a non-parole period of 4½ years.
The graphic and shocking attack, which was captured on CCTV footage, shows Amati swinging the axe into two innocent shoppers, causing horrific and life long injuries. This was an unprovoked cowardly attack as both victims were struck when their backs were turned.
My brother, Ben Rimmer suffered a massive 10cm laceration across the left side of his face through to the bone. He suffered a fractured nasal bone, eye socket and cheek bones and has had to undergo multiple surgeries. Doctors stated that if it was millimetres higher or lower, Ben would be dead. He will have physical and emotional scars for the rest of his life.
Judge Mark William's stated that "the risk of death was high in each of the cases, and the fact that death did not occur was entirely a matter of good fortune.” There was no question that the injuries sustained by Evie Amati’s victims were substantial and will have long lasting consequences.
Evie Amati, who has been in custody since the attack, has had a backdated sentence and will be eligible for parole in July 2021.
A sentence of only 9 years with a non-parole period of just 4½ years does not recognise the harm done to the victims or the horrific nature of this crime. This 9 years sentence is far from the standard minimum non-parole period of 10 years for attempted murder. Please share your support to send a message that such unprovoked violence is unacceptable in all cases. A soft-handed approach does not achieve justice for victims and offenders need to be held accountable for their actions.
Please sign this petition calling on the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal for justice - a harsher sentence for Evie Amati and justice for the victims.
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